“Monkeying with the Bible”: Edgar J. Goodspeed's American Translation

  title={“Monkeying with the Bible”: Edgar J. Goodspeed's American Translation},
  author={R. Bryan Bademan},
  journal={Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation},
  pages={55 - 93}
  • R. Bryan Bademan
  • Published 2006
  • Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
Abstract Devotion to the Bible remains an underappreciated aspect of American religious life partly because it fails to generate controversy. This essay opens a window onto America's relationship with the Bible by exploring a controversial moment in the history of the Bible in America: the public reception of University of Chicago professor Edgar J. Goodspeed's American Translation (1923). Initially, at least, most Americans flatly rejected Goodspeed's impeccably credentialed attempt to cast… Expand


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