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bMS 667

Wright, George Ernest, 1909-1974. Papers, 1924-1976: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 667
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Wright, George Ernest, 1909-1974.
Title: Wright, George Ernest, 1909-1974. Papers, 1924-1976.
Date(s): 1924-1994.
Date(s): 1924-1958)
Date(s): 1940-1974)
Date(s): 1939-1973)
Date(s): 1941-1974)
Date(s): 1933-1974)
Date(s): 1939-1973)
Date(s): 1937-1975)
Quantity: 1 collection (12 linear feet. (12 boxes)
Abstract: George Ernest Wright was a leading Old Testament scholar and biblical archaeologist. He was known for his expertise in ancient Near Eastern archaeology, especially in the study and dating of pottery. Collection consists of material related to Wright's work as a student, his church-related activities, his teaching, his writing, and his work with archaeological expeditions.

Aquisition Information:

Papers donated by Emily DeNyse Wright.

Processed by:

Fran O'Donnell and Jonathan Hauze, November 2001.

Biographical / Historical

George Ernest Wright (1909-1974), a leading Old Testament scholar and biblical archaeologist, was known for his expertise in Ancient Near Eastern archaeology, especially in the study and dating of pottery. As a Christian scholar, Wright was a staunch defender of the relevance of Old Testament study to the Christian faith. Born in Ohio, he was the son of a Presbyterian minister and received his B.A. from the College of Wooster (Ohio). He received his Bachelor of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in 1934, the same year he was ordained in the Presbyterian church. He studied with William Foxwell Albright at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his M.A. (1936) and PhD. (1937). He taught Old Testament History and Theology at McCormick Seminary from 1939-1958. He joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in 1958, where he was Parkman Professor and the Curator of the Semitic Museum (the latter beginning in 1961) until his death in 1974. Professor Wright published numerous monographs and articles on subjects ranging from biblical theology to Palestinian archaeology. Some of his publications include: God Who Acts, Biblical Theology as Recital (1952); Biblical Archaeology (1957); Shechem, Biography of a Biblical City (1965); and The Old Testament and Theology (1969). He was also the founder of the periodical The Biblical Archaeologist, and directed three archaeological expeditions during his teaching career: the Drew-McCormick Archaeological Expedition to Shechem (1956-1974); the Hebrew Union College Biblical and Archaeological School Expedition at Tell Gezer (1964-1965); and the Joint American Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus (1971-1974).

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of material related to Wright's work as a student, his church-related activities, his teaching, his writing, and his work with archaeological expeditions. Each series is arranged alphabetically, with the exception of Series I, which is ordered chronologically. Series V is diverse, including: notes, drafts, and manuscripts relating to published books and articles; notes and drafts of lectures and addresses; various scholarly notes; reviews of his published material; and in some cases correspondence relating to scholarly projects.

General

NOTE: The number after the slash in each entry in the following list indicates the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number.

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