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Case, Shirley Jackson 1872-1947

CASE, Shirley Jackson 1872-1947


Born September 28, 1872, in Hatfield Point, New Brunswick, Canada; immigrated to the United States, 1897; died December 5, 1947, in Lakeland, FL; son of George F. (a farmer and carriage builder) and Maria (Jackson) Case; married Evelyn Hill, June 29, 1899. Education: Acadia University, B.A., 1893, M.A., 1896; Yale University, B.D. (summa cum laude), 1904, Ph.D., 1906, D.D., 1917. Hobbies and other interests: Woodworking.


St. Martin's Seminary and Horton Collegiate Academy, New Brunswick, Canada, teacher of mathematics, 1896-97; New Hampton Literary Institute, New Hampshire, teacher of Greek, 1897-1901; Yale University, New Haven, CT, instructor in Greek for one year; pastor of a Congregational church in Bethany, CT, 1902-03; pastor of a church in Beacon Falls, CT, 1903-06; Bates College, Lewiston, ME, teacher of history and philosophy of religion, 1906-08; University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, scholar at Divinity School, 1908, assistant professor, 1908-13, associate professor, 1913-15, professor of New Testament, 1915-38, professor of church history, 1917-38, professor of the history of early Christianity, 1925-38, department chair, beginning 1923, dean of Divinity School, 1933-38; Bexley Hall, Gambier, OH, special lecturer in New Testament, 1938-39; Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, professor of religion and dean of Florida School of Religion, 1940-47. Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, Rauschenbusch Memorial Lecturer, 1933.


American Society of Church History (president, 1924), Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis (now Society of Biblical Literature (president, 1926); Chicago Society of Biblical Research (president, 1925).


The Historicity of Jesus, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1912.

The Evolution of Early Christianity: A Genetic Study of First Century Christianity in Relation to Its Religious Environment, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1914.

The Book of Revelation, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1918.

The Millennial Hope: A Phase of War-time Thinking, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1918.

The Revelation of John: A Historical Interpretation, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1919.

The Social Origins of Christianity, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1923.

Jesus: A New Biography, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1927.

(Editor) Studies in Early Christianity, Century Co. (New York, NY), 1928.

Experience with the Supernatural in Early Christian Times, Century Co. (New York, NY), 1929.

(Editor) A Bibliographical Guide to the History of Christianity, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1931.

Jesus through the Centuries, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1932.

The Social Triumph of the Ancient Church, Harper & Brothers (New York, NY), 1933.

Makers of Christianity: From Jesus to Charlemagne, 1934, Kennikat Press (Port Washington, NY), 1971.

Divinity 301 (Divinity Education), University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1935.

Highways of Christian Doctrine, Willett, Clark & Co. (Chicago, IL), 1936.

Environmental Factors in Christian History, Kennikat Press (Port Washington, NY), 1939.

Christianity in a Changing World, Harper & Brothers (New York, NY), 1941.

The Christian Philosophy of History, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1943.

The Origins of Christian Supernaturalism, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1946.

Contributor to books, including Contemporary American Theology, edited by Vergilius Ferm, 1932. Contributor to periodicals, including Crozer Quarterly. Editor, Journal of Religion, beginning 1927.



Jennings, Louis B., The Bibliography and Biography of Shirley Jackson Case, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1949.

Jennings, Louis B., Shirley Jackson Case: A Study in Methodology, (Chicago, IL), 1964.


Chronicle, July, 1948, Louis B. Jennings, "Shirley Jackson Case."

Crozer Quarterly, Volume 21, 1944, Shirley Jackson Case, "Education in Liberalism;" Volume 22, 1945, Shirley Jackson Case, "Living in the Garden of Eden."*

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