Papers of James Moffat, 1870-1944, theologian

Scope and Content

The collection contains letters, notes, sermons and lectures, as well as papers relating to the American Standard Bible Committee.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Moffat was born in Glasgow in 1870. He was a student of the University of Glasgow, where he graduated MA (Classical honours) and was also the John Clark Fellow (Classics). He trained for the Church at Free Church College, Glasgow where he was Stevenson Scholar (Hebrew) and Joshua Paterson Fellow, and was ordained in 1896. He was Jowett Lecturer at the University of London in 1907. He was first a practising Minister before becoming Professor of Greek and New Testament Exegesis at Mansfield College, Oxford, in 1911, a post which he held until 1915. Moffat returned to Glasgow in 1915 as Professor of Church History at the United Free Church College. From 1927-1939 he was Washburn Professor of Church History in Union Theological Seminary, New York. His publications include: The Historical New Testament, The Golden Book of Owen, Paul and Paulinism, Theology of the Gospels, The Bible in Scots Literature and The Presbyterian Churches. James Moffat died in 1944.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information

Access is open, however an appointment may be required. Please email Archives and Special Collections for advice:

Acquisition Information

Transfer : General Assembly of the Church of Scotland as part of the Library of Trinity College, Glasgow : Aug 1974 : ACCN 4588

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Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents. Applications for permission to quote should be sent to Archives and Special Collections, please email:

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Formerly in the custody of Trinity College, Glasgow


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