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William F. Beck Papers

Identifier: Collection ID-0192

Scope and Contents

The collection contains clippings of publications, copies of articles, and notes on Biblical peoples, times, events, and books. There are also copies of Beck's books in manuscript form, including his "New Testament in the Language of Today" translation. A preliminary inventory is in Box 1.


  • 1910 - 1962

Biographical / Historical

William F. Beck was born in Little Falls, Minnesota, on August 28, 1904. He was the son of Rev Paul and Maria Butschke Beck. He died on October 24, 1966, in Saint Louis, Missouri. He was survived by his wife, Euphemia MacLeod Beck, two daughters: Rea Kleeman and Joy Rolf, and two sons: Reu and Mark Beck. He and Euphemia Macleod were united in marriage on July 23, 1933, in Iowa City, Iowa.

The first eight years of his formative education were spent in the parochial school system. His secondary and college educations were obtained at Concordia College, Saint Paul, Minnesota and were completed in 1924. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri (1927); the institution from which he received the following degrees: B.A. (1945), B.D (1946), S.T.M (1954), and the Th.D. (1956).

He served two congregations in Illinois from 1930-43. He then undertook a position in Public Relations for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, a service which he performed from 1943-46. And finally, he acted in an editorial capacity for Concordia Publishing House (1946-66). In this time he frequently served as an instructor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri.

During the duration of his professional life, he was continually occupied in the preparation of a modern English edition of the bible; this project was completed late in his life and thereafter. He also edited the C.P.H. series: Bible Story in Pictures. He authored the following books and tracts: Bible Truth, The Christ of the Gospels, A Dialog about the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Bible, He Died and Rose for Me, The New Testament in the Language of Today, We Bring Christ, We Need a Good Bible, and The Crowds Around Calvary.


2.25 Linear Feet (One cubic foot box; three 5" document box)

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Part of the Concordia Historical Institute Repository

804 Seminary Place
Saint Louis MO 63105 USA