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William Barclay was a Scottish minister and writer. Born in 1907, his work aimed to make Biblical scholarship accessible to a larger audience.
Barclay studied divinity and classics at the University of Glasgow, where he also taught for nearly thirty years. He had decided on his career path from an early age and was ordained as a minister in 1933. He worked as a minister until 1947, when he began teaching. Throughout his life, he regularly lectured around Great Britain.
While still working as a minister, Barclay began his writing career. He worked as an editor of the Sunday School Teachers Magazine, and was a regular contributor to the British Weekly, Young Scotland, and the Expository Times. Through his work as a journalist and broadcaster, he developed a large audience for his particular type of religious writing.
Barclay’s writing reflected his personal beliefs around universal salvation and peace. His 1977 book, A Spiritual Autobiography, outlined these and other concerns, including scepticism about the Trinity.
Perhaps his most famous book was the 17-volume New Daily Study Bible, a best-seller that went verse-by-verse through the entire New Testament. Many of his other books, including the 1960 book, The Mind of Jesus, were popular as well, mainly due to the accessible way in which he approached religious scholarship.
Barclay died in 1978, and his books remain popular religious scholarship, with many of the dozen books being regularly reprinted.