Edgar Johnson Goodspeed was an American theologian and scholar of Greek and the New Testament. He taught for many years at the University of Chicago, whose collection of New Testament manuscripts he enriched by his searches. The University's collection is now named in his honor.
He is widely remembered for his translations of the Bible: The New Testament: an American Translation, and "The Bible, An American Translation", the "Goodspeed Bible". He is also remembered for his translation of the Apocrypha, and that translation was included in The Complete Bible, An American Translation
Edgar J. Goodspeed was born in Quincy, Illinois. He graduated from Denison University and the University of Chicago.
Aside from his scholarly work, he wrote many non-dogmatic introductions to biblical literature for the lay reader:
?The Story of the Bible and
?The Story of the Apocrypha,
?The Story of the Old Testament, 1934
?How to Read the Bible 1946
?The Twelve, The Story of Christ's Apostles
?Strange New Gospels, 1931
?How Came the Bible?, Abingdon–Cokesbury Press, c1940.
?A History of Early Christian Literature, University of Chicago Press, 1942
There are more readers of the English Bible in this country than in any other, and the time seemed to me to have come for a frank and direct translation of the Greek New Testament into our modern spoken American English. We take great pains to provide Asiatica and Africana with special versions, so that they may read the Bible each in his own tongue wherein he was born; and why not do as much for our young people, and our fellow citizens generally?