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New Testament

George Milligan
George Milligan

George Milligan (1860-1934) was a distinguished biblical scholar and theologian whose work significantly impacted the study of the New Testament in the early 20th century. Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, Milligan was steeped in a rich theological heritage; his father, William Milligan, was a well-respected theologian, which deeply influenced George's academic and spiritual journey.

Milligan's education was both thorough and expansive. He studied at the University of Aberdeen, where he excelled, and later at the Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford, broadening his theological and linguistic horizons. His academic prowess was evident early on, and he dedicated his career to the rigorous study of the New Testament, with a particular focus on its linguistic aspects.

In 1889, Milligan was appointed to the Regius Chair of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow, a position he held with distinction until his retirement. His tenure at Glasgow was marked by his profound commitment to teaching and his innovative approach to biblical studies. Milligan was a pioneer in the application of linguistics to the New Testament, particularly the use of papyrology to understand the Koine Greek of the New Testament texts. His work in this area helped to illuminate the everyday language and culture of the early Christian era, bringing a new depth of understanding to the scriptures.

Milligan's contributions to biblical scholarship are numerous, including his seminal works on the Epistles of Paul and his comprehensive study of the vocabulary of the Greek New Testament. Perhaps his most enduring legacy is his co-authorship of "The Vocabulary of the Greek Testament," a monumental work that remains a fundamental resource for scholars.

Throughout his life, Milligan was deeply committed to the Church of Scotland, serving in various capacities that bridged his academic work with his faith. His scholarship was driven by a profound belief in the relevance of biblical studies to faith and daily life, a conviction that informed both his teaching and his extensive writings.

George Milligan's legacy as a scholar, teacher, and devout Christian endures, reflecting his significant contributions to the understanding of the New Testament and its historical context. His work continues to inspire and inform biblical scholarship, testament to a life dedicated to faith, academia, and the pursuit of knowledge.

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