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Biography of James Moffatt

James Moffatt graduated MA from the University in 1890 and BD in 1894, and became a theologian.

Moffatt trained at the Free Church College, Glasgow, and after his ordination was Minister of the Free Church at Dundonald from 1896. In 1911, Moffat became Professor of Greek and New Testament Exegesis at Mansfield College, Oxford. He returned to Glasgow in 1915 as Professor of Church History at the United Free Church College. In 1927 he was appointed Washburn Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary, New York, from where he retired in 1939.

He is also known for writing the Moffatt Bible, his own translation of the New and Old Testaments. A collection of his papers (MS Gen 1644) are held by the University of Glasgow's Special Collections.


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Archival Materials

  • DC183/11/55 General Council Register 1930
  • R3/1/1 (vol 2) Register of dates of birth of graduates Vols.I-III 1881-1915


James Moffatt
Born 4 July 1870.
Died 1944.
GU Degrees: MA, 1890; BD, 1894; DLitt, 1911;
University Link: Graduate
Occupation categories: theologians
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
English snippet: Graduate of the University of Glasgow 1890 and 1894
Record last updated: 2nd Feb 2015

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