He married Annie Bronwen Williams from Cardiff in Woodville Road chapel, Cardiff , in September 1935. Two daughters were born to them: Yona Wynfron Henton and Edith Elaine Henton .
From 1935 to 1938, he was minister of West End Baptist church in Hammersmith, London, before becoming the Hebrew and Old Testament tutor in Bristol Baptist College (1938-51). In 1951 he was appointed the first professor in a newly established Department of Old Testament Studies in Durham University. There he remained until 1958 when he was elected Principal of Regent's Park College in Oxford. In the same year, Glasgow University awarded him an honorary D.D., while Oxford University bestowed an M.A. on him in order that he could teach students there. Stetson University in Florida, awarded him an honorary D.D. in 1965. When he went to Regent's Park, the College had only recently been recognised as a Permanent Private Hall of Residence by Oxford University and during his years as Principal, the College was opened to non-ministerial students and site was enlarged and developed in the form of a quadrangle.
Throughout the years, Gwynne Henton Davies had been an active member of The Society for Old Testament Study, contributing several articles to its journal after 1946 and being honoured with the presidency of the Society in 1966. Another honour that he was awarded was the presidency of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (1971-2).
In 1970 S.C.M. published a Festschrift edited by John I. Durham and J. R. Porter entitled Proclamation and Presence: Old Testament Essays in honour of Gwynne Henton Davies. The book was also published in America by Knox Press, Virginia. Mercer University Press published a revised version in 1983.
Gwynne Henton Davies remained principal of Regent's Park until his retirement in 1972, when he and his wife retired to his mother's home county and made their home in a cottage in Broad Haven. He continued to travel abroad, preaching and lecturing. This continued after the death of his wife in January 1992 and he was on his thirty second visit to America when he died in Charlotte , North Carolina , on 22 October 1998. He was cremated two days later in Charlotte and his ashes were returned to Wales to be scattered in Headlands , Broad Haven , on 4 November 1998.
Gwynne Henton Davies published much during his long life. His Festschrift contains a select bibliography of his works which include: ‘The Presence of God in Israel’, in Studies in History and Religion, H. Wheeler Robinson Festschrift, ed. E. A. Payne ; London, Lutterworth Press, 1942, pp. 11-29; ‘The Yahwistic Tradition in the Eighth-Century Prophets’, in Studies in Old Testament Prophecy, Theodore H. Robinson Festschrift, ed. H. H. Rowley , Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1950, pp. 37-51; The Approach to the Old Testament. An Inaugural Lecture delivered on May 15, 1953, to the Durham Colleges in the University of Durham: London, The Carey Kingsgate Press, 1953; ‘Select Bibliography of the Writings of Harold Henry Rowley’, in Wisdom in Israel and the Ancient Near East, H. H. Rowley Festschrft, eds., M. Noth and D. W. Thomas ; Supplements to Vetus Testamentum, III. Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1955, pp. xi-xix;‘Contemporary Religious Trends: The Old Testament’, The Expository Times, LXVII, I (October, 1955), pp. 3-7; Joint editor with Alan Richardson , The Teacher's Commentary, London, SCM Press, 1955. Published in America as The Twentieth Century Bible Commentary, Harper and Brothers, 1956; ‘The Literature of the Old Testament’ and ‘Exodus’ in The Teacher's Commentary, above and with Alan Richardson , ‘Genesis’; ‘The Clues of the Kingdom in the Bible’, Interpretation, XIV, 2 (i), pp. 155-60; ‘Commending the Old Testament’, in The Raven, No. 3, July, 1956; ‘Astonish’ and ‘Remnant’ in A Theological Word Book of the Bible, ed. Alan Richardson , London: SCM Press (1957); with A. B. Davies , The Story in Scripture: A Shortened Text of the RSV., London, Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1960; ‘Alms’, ‘Ark of the Covenant’, ‘Bamah’, ‘Beauty’, ‘Breast-piece (of the High Priest)’, ‘Chief Priest’, ‘Dancing’, ‘Dwarf’ in The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, vol. A-D, ed. G. A. Buttrick , Nashville and New York: Abingdon Press, 1962, s.v.; ‘Elder in the OT’, ‘Ephod (Object)’, ‘Footstool’, ‘Glory’, ‘High Place, Sanctuary’, ibid., vol. E—J, s.v.; ‘Kneel’, ‘Levitical Cities’, ‘Leviticus’, ‘Memorial, Memory’, ‘Mercy Seat’, ‘Mezuzah’, ‘Minister in the OT’, ‘Nethinim’, ‘Phylacteries’, ‘Pillar of Fire and of Cloud’, ‘Praise’, ‘Presence of God’, ‘Pulpit’, ibid., vol. K—Q, s.v.;‘Sanctuary’, ‘Screen’, ‘Solomon’s Servants’, ‘Sophereth’, ‘Swine’, ‘Tabernacle’, ‘Theophany’, ‘Threshold’, ‘Worship in the OT’, ibid., vol. R—Z, s.v.; ‘Deuteronomy’ in Peake ’s Commentary on the Bible, eds. H. H. Rowley ac M. Black , London and New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1962, pp. 269—84; ‘Selection and Training of Candidates for the Ministry: The Baptist Churches in Great Britain’, The Expository Times, LXXIII, 8 (May, 1962), pp. 228—30; ‘The Ark in the Psalms’, in Promise and Fulfilment, Festschrift S.H. Hooke , ed. F. F. Bruce , Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1963; ‘Judges VIII 22—23’, Vetus Testamentum, XIII, 2 (April, 1963), pp. 151-157; ‘The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament’, The Review and Expositor, LXIII, 2 (Spring, 1966), pp. 129—34; Exodus, Torch Bible Commentaries., London, SCM Press, 1967; ‘The Ark of the Covenant’, Annual of the Swedish Theological Institute, V (1967), pp. 30-47; Preaching the Lord's Supper. The London Baptist Preachers' Association Diamond Jubilee Lecture, 1967; ‘A Welsh Man of God’, The Baptist Quarterly, XXII, 7 (July 1968), pp. 360-370; ‘Genesis’ in The Broadman Bible Commentary, vol. I, ed. Clifton J. Allen , Nashville, The Broadman Press, 1969, pp. 99-304, 1968; with A. B. Davies , Who's Who in the Bible, Teach Yourself Series, London, The English Universities Press Ltd, 1970; ‘Aaron’, ‘Balaam’, ‘Jethro’, ‘Joshua’, ‘Miriam’, ‘Moses’, ‘Zipporah’ in Harper's Dictionary of Biblical Biography, ed. C. L. Wallis (1970); ‘Gehard von Rad’ in Old Testament Theology in Contemporary Discussion, ed. Robert Laurin (1970), with J. E. Morgan-Wynne , The Last Seven Days (1999).
D. Hugh Matthews
Published date: 2009