Prof. Emeritus Edwin D. Freed ’43, P’73 is the author of Lincoln’s Political Ambitions, Slavery, and the Bible (Pickwick Publications, 2012). It is the nonagenarian’s 10th book.
In it, Freed searches Lincoln’s rhetoric for clues about the thinking and motivations behind the 16th president’s use of biblical references. About the prevailing view that Lincoln’s use of scripture demonstrates piety, Freed writes, “Lincoln’s use of the Bible is paradoxical in that his language is replete with biblical words and phrases, allusions to it, and some exact quotations, but his knowledge of its content is neither deep nor profound.”
Freed majored in classical studies. He received his bachelor’s of divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught religion and biblical studies at Gettysburg for 36 years, retiring in 1986. He is a member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the prestigious international society of New Testament scholars.Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013