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[PCUSANEWS] Bible scholar M. Lucetta Mowry dies
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Fri, 5 Mar 2004 14:41:15 -0600
Note #8155 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:
March 5, 2004
Bible scholar M. Lucetta Mowry dies
Product of Presbyterian colleges helped translate NRSV
by John Filiatreau
LOUISVILLE - M. Lucetta Mowry, a scripture scholar and archaeologist and one
of the principal translators of the New Revised Standard Version of the
Bible, died in a Maryland hospital on Feb. 23 at age 91.
A well-known New Testament scholar and author, she also was a professor and
academic dean at Wellesley College, from which she retired in 1981. She
taught courses in subjects ranging from Hebrew scriptures to Gandhi's theory
of non-violence. She was the holder of Wellesley's Andrew W. Mellon emeritus
professorship in the humanities.
Mowry was a member of the interdenominational committee that the National
Council of Churches (NCC) created to update the Revised Standard Version of
the Bible into contemporary but authentic language, a project that started in
1975 and continued for 14 years. She translated the Gospel of John and the
Johannine Epistles, and was one of two members chosen to edit the entire
Mowry also took part in archaeological excavations in Jordan and Libya and
wrote books on such subjects as music in the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
In retirement she led Bible studies at the retirement community where she
lived in Sykesville, MD.
Mowry, who was born to missionary parents in Pyongyang, North Korea, earned a
bachelor's degree in 1934 from Wilson College, a Presbyterian-related school
in Chambersburg, PA, and four years later a master's degree from Presbyterian
College of Christian Education in Chicago, now McCormick Theological
Seminary. In 1946 she earned a doctorate from Yale University.
She is survived by a sister, Miriam Mowry Stein of Rockville, MD.
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