JAMES HASTINGS (26 March 1852 – 15 October 1922) was a Scottish United Free Church minister and biblical scholar. He is best known for producing major reference works, including a 5-volume Dictionary of the Bible and a 13-volume Encyclopædia of Religion and Ethics .
* 1 Life * 2 Works
* 3 Bibliography
* 3.1 As editor * 3.2 As author
* 4 References * 5 External links
He was born in
Following a period as assistant minister in
In one obituary, his preaching was described as "evangelical in sentiment, thoughtful and expository in style, fluent in delivery, and fervent in application."
Hastings married Ann Wilson Forsyth in 1884, the year of his ordination. They had two children: Edward (21 March 1890–1 August 1980) and Ann Wilson (21 April 1885–23 March 1975). Edward later also became a minister of the United Free Church.
After his retirement, Hastings returned to Aberdeen, where he became a member of Beechgrove United Free Church. He died unexpectedly on 15 October 1922, survived by his wife and children. His funeral was held on 18 October, and he was buried at Springbank Cemetery in Aberdeen.
Hastings edited many reference works, which are still in use today. In 1913, he was awarded the biennial Dyke-Acland Medal for his services to biblical research.
During his time at Willison church, Hastings founded the Expository Times , which he edited until his death. After his death, his children took over joint editorship of the journal until 1942, when C. Leslie Mitton became editor. The Expository Times continues to be issued monthly.
He also established and edited a weekly periodical for Sunday School teachers, entitled The Sunday School. This ran for 104 editions between December 1892 and December 1894.
Volume 4 of the Hastings Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics
* Dictionary of the Bible , (1898–1904), five volumes * Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels, (1901), two volumes, later editions with John A. Selbie and John C. Lambert * Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics , (Edinburgh 1908–26; 2nd edition 1925–1940, reprint 1955), 13 volumes * Dictionary of the Apostolic Church, (1916) * The Great Texts of the Bible, 20 volumes (T & T Clark, 1910–1915) * The Speaker's Bible, 13 volumes
* The Greater Men and Women of the Bible, six volumes (T & T Clark, 1913–1916) * The Christian Doctrine of Prayer (T & T Clark, 1915) * The Christian Doctrine of Faith (T & T Clark, 1919) * The Christian Doctrine of Peace (T -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">
* ^ A B C D E F "Hastings, James". Oxford Dictionary of National
Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi
:10.1093/ref:odnb/33755 . (Subscription or UK public library
* ^ "Sudden Death of the Rev. Dr James Hastings".