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Tenney, Merrill C. (1904-1985) | Archival Collections at Wheaton College

Name: Tenney, Merrill C. (1904-1985)


Historical Note: Merrill Chapin Tenney was born in 1904 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to Wallace Fay Tenney and Lydia Smith Goodwin. He earned his Th.B. from Gordon College of Theology and Missions (1927), his A.M. from Boston University (1930), and his Ph.D. in Biblical and Patristic Greek from Harvard University (1944). He briefly served as pastor of Storrs Avenue Baptist Church in Braintree, Massachusetts (1926-1928), before joining the faculty at Gordon College for thirteen years. Tenney moved to Wheaton in 1943 and was Professor of New Testament and Greek until 1977.  He also was dean of the graduate school from 1945-1971. He married Helen Margaret Jaderquist (1904-1978) in 1930, and together they had four children, John Merrill, Elizabeth Faye, Robert Wallace and Philip Chapin. He was the general editor of the Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary, and author of several books, including his widely received "New Testament Survey" (Eerdmans, 1961). He served on the original translation team for the New American Standard Bible.  He died in 1985.






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