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Tenney, Merrill C. (Merrill Chapin), 1904-1985.



  • Existence: 1904 - 1985

Biographical Statement

Merrill Chapin Tenney was born in 1904 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to Wallace Fay Tenney and Lydia Smith Goodwin. He earned his Th.B. from Gordon College of Theology and Missions (1927), his A.M. from Boston University (1930), and his Ph.D. in Biblical and Patristic Greek from Harvard University (1944). He briefly served as pastor of Storrs Avenue Baptist Church in Braintree, Massachusetts (1926-1928), before joining the faculty at Gordon College for thirteen years. Tenney moved to Wheaton in 1943 and was Professor of New Testament and Greek until 1977. He also was dean of the graduate school from 1945-1971. He married Helen Margaret Jaderquist (1904-1978) in 1930, and together they had four children, John Merrill, Elizabeth Faye, Robert Wallace and Philip Chapin. He was the general editor of the Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary, and author of several books, including his widely received "New Testament Survey" (Eerdmans, 1961). He served on the original translation team for the New American Standard Bible. He died in 1985.

Found in 16 Collections and/or Records:

Christianity Today Records

Identifier: CN 008
Brief Description Correspondence, memos, forms, financial reports, minutes of meetings, study papers, clippings and other records of the Evangelical Christian publishing organization. The records describe the founding of the organization to publish the magazine Christianity Today and its creation or acquisition of other publications such as Campus Life, Leadership, Leadership 100, Partnership, and Your Church. Besides material on the editing, publishing and distribution of these periodicals, the files also...
Dates: Created: Majority of material found within 1930, 1954-2002

Collection 111 Papers of Charles H. Troutman, Jr.

Identifier: CN 111
Scope and Contents Correspondence, minutes, reports, manuals, and other records documenting Charles Troutman's career in Christian ministry among university students, first with Inter-Varsity in the United States and Australia and then with Latin America Mission. This collection also contains a great deal of information on evangelical Christianity in the United States, Australia and Latin America; Troutman's letters from his service in the Pacific in World War II; and reports and other information relative to...
Dates: Created: 1924-1992

Collection 177 Papers of Zoe Anne Alford

Identifier: CN 177
Scope and Contents This collection contains curriculum materials and lecture notes, manuscripts of messages, correspondence, prayer letters, financial records, clippings, maps, promotional materials, minutes, photographs, newsletters, oral history interview, documenting Zoe Anne Alford's work in India and among Navajo Indians in New Mexico. The collection provides a broad overview of her education, preparation and missionary career, extending from her grammar school education into her retirement. It provides...
Dates: Created: 1925-1983

Collection 237 Records of the Slavic Gospel Association

Identifier: CN 237
Description: Correspondence, minutes, prayer letters, audio tapes, films, and other materials documenting the work of the Slavic Gospel Association among Slavic peoples, primarily Russians. Records deal with the early career of Peter Deyneka Sr.; work of individual missionaries; long range planning for the mission; media ministry (radio, film, both before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union video, literature); and evangelism in Europe, North America and South America. Collection contains...
Dates: Created: 1922-2002

Collection 283 Oral History Interviews with Nancy Folkerts

Identifier: CN 283
Scope and Contents Oral history interviews with Nancy Wood Folkerts. Topics discussed include her childhood as a pastor's daughter; study at Wheaton College; her marriage; training in London; work as a missionary in British Cameroon (now Republic of Cameroon), especially Bible study and literacy programs for women and 3H clubs for girls; the political and social situation in Cameroon; Cameroon independence; medical problems in Cameroon; the work of her husband, Fred, at the Baptist Teacher Training College and...
Dates: Created: 1984

Collection 311 Papers of Charles J. Guth

Identifier: CN 311
Scope and Contents Water color paintings and oral history interviews with Charles J. Guth, relating to Guth’s missionary work in Africa with the Sudan Interior Mission. Topics covered by the interviews include: Guth’s education at Wheaton College, preparation for the mission field as a worker with Sudan Interior Mission, his life, work, and contacts as a missionary among the Koma and Maban people of the Sudan; the culture of these peoples; the effect of Sudan's independence on the church in the Sudan,...
Dates: Created: 1976-1985

Collection 312 Papers of Diane W. Hawkins

Identifier: CN 312
Scope and Contents Collection 312 consists of letters, oral history interviews, articles, minutes of meetings, reports and other relating to Diane Hawkins' missionary service in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) as well as the tapes of an oral history interview conducted several years later. Among the topics covered are: TEAM's evangelistic, and educational work in Rhodesia; the lifestyle, music, and beliefs of Shona people; the civil war between white government and the black nationalist guerrillas which raged while...
Dates: Created: 1970-1985

Collection 486 Oral History Interview with Helen R. Jongewaard

Identifier: CN 486
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Helen Ruth Supplee Jongewaard (1922-2005) in which she describes her time as a student at Wheaton College. Among the topics discussed are aquaintance with Billy Graham; the Boethallian Literary Society; memories of professors such as Carl Henry, William Nordin; Russell Mixter, Merrill Tenney, V Raymond Edman, and others; revival of 1943 on Wheaton campus; and the effect of World War II on Wheaton. The time period covered by the inteview is 1920 to 1943....
Dates: Created: 1993

Collection 628 Papers of Carl F. H. Henry

Identifier: CN 628
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, reports, notes, minutes, and manuscripts related to theologian and author Carl Henry, documenting his work with the Institute for Advanced Christian Studies, but which also touch on a few other aspects of his life, including his association with Wheaton College and with the magazine Christianity Today.

Dates: Created: 1925-1984

David M. Howard, Sr., Papers

Identifier: CN 484
Scope and Contents Four oral history interviews, paper records, and photographs documenting David Howard's life and work with Latin American Mission, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and World Evangelical Fellowship. Topics covered in the interviews include Howard's childhood, Christian faith, education at Wheaton College, work as a missionary and administrator with Latin America Mission; missions director for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, director of the 1980 Consultation on World Evangelization; and...
Dates: Created: 1968-1993

Education by Extension Recordings and Workbooks.

 Unprocessed Material — Container: 5
Identifier: 2022-0004
Dates: 1980 2005

Jerusalem Conference on Prophecy phonograph record, "Echoes From Jerusalem."

 Unprocessed Material — loose: 1
Identifier: 2022-020
Dates: 1971

Merrill C. Tenney Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-111
Scope and Contents

Included in this collection are manuscripts of articles appearing in the Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary, correspondence with the contributors, and papers relating to the mechanics of the compilation and production of the dictionary. Correspondence between Dr. Tenney and Peter DeVisser traces the history of the project from its inception to production. Numerous Wheaton College faculty and alumni participated in the project.

Dates: Created: 1927-1990; Other: Date acquired: 2002

Newspaper article about founding of City of Wheaton, poem by Merrill Tenney.

 Unprocessed Material — Folder: 1
Identifier: 1984-114
Dates: 1972

Phil Shappard Ephemera

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 1
Identifier: 2023-031
Dates: 1963-1990

Sermon audio tapes.

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 1
Identifier: 1993-063
Dates: 1960-1971

Additional filters:

Collection 11
Unprocessed Material 5
Evangelistic work. 7
Missionaries. 5
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Alumni. 5
Women 5
Women -- Religious life. 5
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Bible. 4
Christian education. 4
Christian life. 4
Conversion. 4
Evangelicalism. 4
Evangelistic work -- United States. 4
Indigenous church administration 4
Religious institutions. 4
World War, 1939-1945. 4
Catholic Church. 3
Christianity and culture. 3
Church and social problems. 3
Church and state. 3
Church work with children. 3
College students in missionary work. 3
Evangelicalism -- United States. 3
Evangelistic work -- Congresses 3
Language in missionary work. 3
Medical care 3
Missionaries -- Training of. 3
Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election. 3
Missions -- Educational work. 3
Persecution. 3
Theology 3
Tribes. 3
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Faculty. 3
Women missionaries. 3
African Americans. 2
Animism. 2
Belief and doubt. 2
Bible -- Study and teaching. 2
Catholic Church -- Relations -- Protestant churches. 2
Children. 2
Christian education -- Philosophy. 2
Christian education of children. 2
Church work with students. 2
Church work with women. 2
Church work with youth. 2
College students. 2
Communism. 2
Ecumenical movement. 2
Education 2
Evangelicalism -- Catholic Church. 2
Evangelistic work -- Argentina. 2
Evangelistic work -- Australia. 2
Evangelistic work -- Brazil. 2
Evangelistic work -- Canada. 2
Evangelistic work -- Germany. 2
Evangelistic work -- India. 2
Evangelistic work -- South America. 2
Family. 2
Fund raising. 2
Glossolalia. 2
Indians of North America. 2
Missionaries -- Leaves and furloughs. 2
Missionaries, Resignation of. 2
Missions -- Colombia. 2
Missions -- Congresses. 2
Missions -- Finance. 2
Missions -- Interdenominational cooperation. 2
Missions -- North America. 2
Missions -- South America. 2
Missions, Medical. 2
Missions. 2
Pentecostalism. 2
Prayer groups. 2
Radio in religion. 2
Sermons, American. 2
Sex role. 2
Sunday schools. 2
Theology -- Study and teaching -- Asia. 2
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Religious life and customs. 2
Worship (Christian) 2
Youth 2
Youth -- Religious life. 2
Abortion -- Religious aspects -- Christianity. 1
Abortion. 1
African Americans -- Missions. 1
African Americans -- Social conditions. 1
Alaska. 1
Aleuts. 1
Animism -- Sudan. 1
Animism -- Zimbabwe. 1
Authors and readers -- United States. 1
Baptists -- Missions -- Cameroon. 1
Baptists -- Missions. 1
Baptists. 1
Berlin (Germany) 1
Bible -- Dictionaries. 1
Bible -- Prophecies. 1
Bible -- Publication and distribution. 1
Bible -- Translating. 1
Bible colleges. 1
Bible stories, Russian 1
Billy Graham Moscow visit (1982: Moscow, Russia) 1
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