William A. Beardslee (1916 - 2001) was born in Holland, Michigan. He was educated at Harvard, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, where he obtained a B.D. in 1941, and at Union Theological Seminary, where he studied on a part-time basis while he was in the ministry. He became a Ph.D. of the University of Chicago in 1951. Dr. Beardslee was a minister of the Reformed Church in America. From 1947-52 he was Assistant Professor of Bible, Emory University and Associate Professor from 1952-6. From 1956 he was Professor of Bible in the same university. He has written a number of articles and reviews and served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Bible and Religion. He authored (with E. H. Rece) of Reading the Bible: A Guide.