DENNEY, JAMES (1856–1917)
Scottish Biblical theologian and New Testament scholar
Born in Paisley, Denney was educated in arts at Glasgow University and in theology at the Free Church College in the same city. Ordained in 1886, he served for eleven years as minister of the East Free Church, Broughty Ferry, where his fervent evangelical preaching made a deep impression.
In 1897 Denney was elected professor of theology at his former college in Glasgow. Three years later he moved to the department of New Testament, continuing there until his death. In 1915 he was elected principal of the Free Church College.
Denney wrote several New Testament commentaries, principally 1 and 2 Thessalonians (1892) and 2 Corinthians (1894) in the Expositor’s Bible. In 1900 he published a massive work on Romans in the Expositor’s Greek Testament. His major works in New Testament theology include Jesus and the Gospel (1908), which is “an exhaustive and luminous treatment of the historic basis of the Christian faith,” and two works on the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ, The Death of Christ (1903) and The Christian Doctrine of Reconciliation (1917).
Denney also took part in the public life of his denomination. For example, he was a member of a committee to negotiate union with the Church of Scotland, and he served as convener of the Central Fund, to raise money for ministerial stipends. N.V.Hope
J. D. Douglas, Philip Wesley Comfort and Donald Mitchell, Who’s Who in Christian History, Illustrated Lining Papers. (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 1997, c1992).
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