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Edwin Hatch

(1835—1889) theologian


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(1835–89), Anglican divine. Educated at Pembroke College, Oxford, he taught in Canada before becoming vice-principal of St Mary Hall, Oxford (1867), rector of Purleigh, Essex (1883), and reader in ecclesiastical history at Oxford (1884). In 1880 he preached a series of Bampton Lectures on The Organization of the Early Christian Churches (1881) in which he maintained that the origin of the Christian episcopate lay in the ἐπίσκοποι or financial administrators of Greek religious associations. Of his other writings, the most important was his Hibbert Lectures for 1888 on The Influence of Greek Ideas and Usages on the Christian Church (1890). At the time of his death he was engaged on a Concordance to the Septuagint (subsequently completed by H. A. Redpath, 1897, with supplement, 1906).

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.

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