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Guide to the Allen Howard Godbey Manuscripts

Prepared by Mark C. Shenise, Associate Archivist

United Methodist Archives and History Center
General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church

(Published for the Drew University Methodist Library)

Overview of Collection

Record Creator: Godbey, Allen Howard
Title: Allen Howard Godbey Manuscripts
Date Span: 1904 - 1945
Abstract: Allen Howard Godbey (1864-1948), American educator and minister, was born in Cooper County, Missouri on November 21, 1864. Godbey was a Semitic scholar and, between 1906 and 1909, president of Morrisvielle College in Missouri. The collection is composed entirely of manuscripts that Godbey either wrote or collected.
Extent: 0.18 Cubic feet
Resource ID: drew.ms.2500

Biographical Note

Allen Howard Godbey (1864-1948), American educator and minister, was born in Cooper County, Missouri on November 21, 1864. He graduated from Morrisville (Missouri) College in 1883.

Godbey was a fellow in Semitics at the University of Chicago from 1902 to 1905 and received his Ph.d. in 1905. He married Emma L. Moreland on June 16, 1892.

Godbey was admitted to the Southwest Missouri Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1895, and served as a pastor for the next four years. Later the church transferred him to the St. Louis Annual Conference, where he served for eight more years.

Godbey was a Semitic scholar. He was a member of the American Oriental Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and most other learned societies that promote biblical and archaeological research. He was the author of Code of Hammurabi (with R. F. Harper), The Lost Tribes, A Myth, New Light on the Old Testament, and several other books. He also taught mathematics, Latin, and Greek at Morrisville College, and Latin and English at St. Charles (Missouri) College.

Godbey served as principal of the academy at Central College from 1899 to 1902, and as president of Morrisville College from 1906 to 1909. When Duke University established the Duke Divinity School in 1926, Godbey filled the chair of Professor of Old Testament until his retirement in 1932.

At the 1948 General Conference of the Methodist Church, Godbey was crossing the street when a truck hit him. He died a few hours later.

Scope Note

The collection is composed entirely of manuscripts that Godbey either wrote or collected. Most of the manuscripts are in a printed format, but the last one is typed. Many of these manuscripts contain information concerning the ancient Middle East. The manuscripts concern the Hebrew language or particular aspects of ancient Jewish history. However, they also cover New Testament interpretation, church history, and pan-religious ceremonies. Many of Godbey's manuscripts in this collection were published in the Methodist Quarterly Review. Other scholarly journals that published Godbey's work and are found in this collection include The Monist, The American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literatures, and The Biblical World. Part of Godbey's dissertation, "Notes of Some Officials of the Sargonid Period", can be found here as well.


Materials have been arranged in the following manner.

The manuscripts are arranged chronologically. All undated manuscripts are found at the beginning of the archival container.

Preferred Citation

When citing material from this collection please use the following format: Direct reference to the item or its file folder, Allen Howard Godbey Manuscripts, Methodist Collection - Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. Do not make use of the item's call number as that is not a stable descriptor.

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding this collection. Copyright still owned by Drew. Permissions to publish must be directed to Drew.

Subject Terms

Subject Names - Corporate
Methodist Church (U.S.). General Conference
Subject Topics
Bible-Criticism, interpretation,etc.
Bible-Homiletical use
Biblical scholars.
Subject Geographic
Middle East.

Container List

Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
1348-4-3: 1 The Word "Virgin" in Isaiah 7:14 Undated
1348-4-3: 2 The Chirography of the Hammurabi Code 1904
1348-4-3: 3 The Semitic City of Refuge 1905
1348-4-3: 4 Notes on Some Officials of the Sargonid Period 1906
1348-4-3: 5 The Greek Influence in Ecclesiastes 1911
1348-4-3: 6 The Influence of Alexander's Conquest Upon Jewish Life 1911
1348-4-3: 7 Ceremonial Splitting 1914
1348-4-3: 8 The Rab-Sitirte 1917
1348-4-3: 9 Shylock in the Old Testament 1922
1348-4-3: 10 The Hebrew Masal 1923
1348-4-3: 11 Blood: Marriage Contracts 1923
1348-4-3: 12 Blood: The Cult of the Dead 1923
1348-4-3: 13 The Decad of the Dead 1925
1348-4-3: 14 Ariel, or David-Cultus 1925
1348-4-3: 15 The Anti-Tithing Ante-Nicenes 1926
1348-4-3: 16 The Critical Historian is the Court of Last Resort for All Things Human 1945