The Brevard S. Childs Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Childs, Brevard S.
Dates: 1948-1997
Extent: 1 Box (0.4 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1923 September 2 Born, Columbia, South Carolina
1943-1945 Served in United States Army
1947 Graduated, Master of Arts, University of Michigan
1947-1950 Student, Bachelor of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary
1950-1955 Student, Doctor of Theology, University of Basel
1951 Student, University of Heidelberg
1954 Ordained, New England Presbytery
1954-1958 Professor, Old Testament, Mission House Seminary, Plymouth, Wisconsin
1958-1999 Professor, Old Testament, Yale Divinity School
1981 Awarded honorary Doctorate of Theology, University of Aberdeen
1992 Awarded honorary Doctorate of Theology, University of Glasgow
2007 Died

Biographical Information

Dr. Childs was born September 2, 1923 in Columbia, South Carolina. He received a Master of Arts at the University of Michigan in 1947, a Bachelor of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1950, and the Doctor of Theology at The University of Basel, Switzerland in 1955. He was ordained into ministry by the Wisconsin Synod of the Evangelical and Reformed Church in 1954. For more than thirty-five years he was Professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School. Dr. Childs authored more than a dozen published books.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of 0.4 linear feet of manuscripts and typescripts of significant works by and about Dr. Childs, as well as correspondence and course notes.



Childs, Brevard S.--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection of papers was given to the Library of Princeton Theological Seminary by Dr. Childs in the summer of 1995. Additions were made in April 1996 and October 1997. The collection consists of manuscripts and typescripts of significant works by and about Dr. Childs, as well as correspondence and course notes.


There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Brevard S. Childs Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 "The Deliverance of Israel at the Crossing of the Sea (Exodus 13:17 - 15:21)," paper written for Professor W. Baumgartner, University of Basel, 1952.
1:2 "A Study of Myth in Genesis I-XI," partial publication of doctoral dissertation, 1955.
1:3 "Canon and Criticism: The Old Testament as Scripture of the Church," 1972 James Sprunt Lectures, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia, typescript.
1:4 "Toward Recovering Biblical Exegesis," May 13, 1995, manuscript submitted to Pro Ecclesia.
1:5 "Brevard S. Childs and a Canonical Approach to I Corinthians 14:34-35." A Master of Arts thesis by Jonathan Mark Isaac at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (May, 1994), with photocopied correspondence between Dr. Childs and Mr. Isaac concerning the "canonical approach" in the appendix. (May, 1994)
1:6 Notes by Dr. Childs taken in the course on the Parables of Jesus taught by Professor Otto A. Piper, Princeton Theological Seminary, spring 1949.
1:7 Correspondence: Two letters from Brevard Childs to Prof. James Barr (Sept. 3, 1982; March 21, 1996).
1:8 Syllabus of Prof. Metzger's "Introduction to the NT," taken by Childs in 1948.
1:9 Correspondence: Two letters between Brevard Childs and David Bartlett about Childs' understanding of the canon, October 21, 1997; October 26, 1997.


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