William F. Beck

William F. Beck ( August 28, 1904 – October 24, 1966) was an American Lutheran minister most associated with his biblical translation, The Holy Bible, An American Translation.[1]


William Frederick Henry Beck was born in Little Falls, Minnesota. He was the son of Paul Friedrich Gustav Beck (1869-1950) and Mary Marie Josephine (Butschke) Beck (1873-1964). His father was a Lutheran minister. He graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota during 1924, Concordia Seminary in Clayton, Missouri during 1927, returning there to earn a Th.D. in 1956. He subsequently taught courses at the seminary. In 1959 he published an English translation of Gospel texts , entitled The Christ of the Gospels.[2]

His New Testament translation was first published during 1963. At the time of his death in 1966, he had finished the first draft of the Old Testament. Elmer Smick of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and Erich Kiehl of Concordia Seminary recommended certain revisions. The text with these revisions was published together with the New Testament as The Holy Bible in the Language of Today, An American Translation in 1976. [3]

His work was the first translation of the Bible into English completed by a Lutheran minister. To commemorate that achievement, a copy was placed in the Lutherhaus in Wittenberg, Germany on January 1, 1976. [4] He had hoped that the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod would adopt it as their official translation, but this did not happen. Beck also worked as a technical advisor for several Hollywood films that had Biblical themes. He died in St. Louis, Missouri and was buried at the Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[5]


See also


  1. Multi-Language Publications Newsletter Bringing the Written Word to the World. Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. March 2003 p. 2-3 Reu Beck "The Life and Work of Dr. William F. Beck" pdf
  2. Paul, William. 2003. "Beck, William F." English Language Bible Translators, p. 24. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland and Company.
  3. "AAT Bible Beck". Northwestern Publishing House. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  4. Paul, William. 2003. "Beck, William F." English Language Bible Translators, p. 25. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland and Company.
  5. Surburg, Raymond F. (January 1976). "Dr. William Beck's Translation of the Old Testament" (PDF). The Springfielder. Volume 40, Number 1. Retrieved April 1, 2016.

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