North American Scholar

KENDRICK, Asahel Clark

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1809-01-12
  • Born City: Poultney
  • Born State/Country: VT
  • Parents: Rev. Clark & Esther Thompson K.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1895-10-21
  • Death City: Rochester
  • Death State/Country: NY
  • Married: Ann Elizabeth Hopkins, 1838; Helen Morris Hooker, 1857.
  • Education:

    A.B. Hamilton Coll., 1831; study at U. Athens, 1852.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. anc. & mod. langs. Madison (now Colgate) U., 1831-50; prof. Gk. lang. & lit. U. Rochester, 1850-88; chair dept. class., 1850-95; actng. pres., 1863, 1877-78; actng. prof. Bib. lit. & N. Testament, 1865-9, 1875-7; pres. APA, 1872-3; mem., American New Testament Revision Comm., 1872-80.

  • Publications:

    An Introduction to the Greek Language (Utica, NY & New York, 1841); The Child's Book in Greek (Hamilton, NY & New York, 1847); Greek Ollendorff (New York & Philadelphia, 1851); Echoes: or Leisure Hours with the German Poets (Rochester & New York, 1855); Hermann Olshausen, Biblical Commentary cm the New Testament (ed. & pub.), 6 vols. (New York, 1856-8); The Life and Letters of Mrs. Emiiy C. Judson (New York & Boston, 1860); Our Poetical Favorites, 3 vols. (New York, 1871, 1876, 1881); The First Four Books of the Anabasis of Xenophon (New York, 1873); H. A. W. Meyer, Critical and Exegetical Hand-Book to the Gospel of John, intro. & notes by Kendrick (New York, 1884); contributor, Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews (Philadelphia, 1889); The Moral Conflict of Humanity and Other Papers (Philadelphia, 1894); Martin B. Anderson (Philadelphia, 1895).

  • Notes:

    An ordained minister who never held a pastorate, Asahel C. Kendrick was a Hellenist, distinguished mainly as a teacher of Greek. He taught for 60 years and was one of the first American professors to visit Greece. Among his other interests were New Testament scholarship, serving on the Committee on New Testament Revision, and the English and American poets. In addition to the publications listed here, he wrote for The Baptist Quarterly Review and published many of his speeches.

  • Sources:

    Norman J. Bauer, BDAE, 737-8; Albert. J. Ramaker, DAB 10:328-9; Florence Kendrick Cooper, An American Scholar: A Tribute to Asahel Clark Kendrick, D.D., LL.D. 1809-1895 (New York, 1913); NatCAB 12:245-6; WhAmHS 361.

  • Author: Meyer Reinhold