Biographical / Historical
MacRae was an internationally known scholar in the field of New Testament studies. He led courses and seminars on Gnosticism, the Gospel of John, the Letter to the Hebrews, and the biblical roots of Roman Catholic theology. He assisted in the translation and interpretation of The Nag Hammadi Library (1977) and also worked with Jewish, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant scholars in revising the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. He taught at the Fairfield Preparatory School in Connecticut from 1954 to 1956, Weston School of Theology from 1966 to 1973, and Harvard Divinity School from 1973 to 1985, where he was the first tenured Charles Chauncy Stillman Professor of Roman Catholic Studies. He served as rector of the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research in Tantur, Jerusalem, from 1979 to 1980, and was appointed Acting Dean of Harvard Divinity School in 1985.
MacRae was the founder and editor of the journal New Testament Abstracts, and worked on the editorial boards of many journals and monograph series, including Harvard Theological Review. He was also a member of many professional and scholarly societies, and was the first Roman Catholic to be appointed executive secretary of the Society of Biblical Literature (1973-1976). He was chair of the Harvard University Council/Committee on the Study of Religion (1977-1982), and of the Harvard Divinity School Committee on Advanced Degrees.
- Series I. Teaching material, 1966-1985
- Series II. Academic records, 1962-1985
- Series III. Professional activities 1955-1985
- Series IV. Translation projects, 1970-1985
- Series V. Lectures, addresses, essays, articles, 1962-1985
- Series IV. Correspondence, 1968-1985
- MacRae, George W. Papers, 1955-1985: A Finding Aid.
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