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Thomas Hartwell Horne

(1780—1862) biblical scholar and bibliographer


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(1780–1862), biblical commentator and bibliographer. He was the grandfather of T. K. Cheyne. Educated at Christ's Hospital, where S. T. Coleridge was his contemporary, he began as a barrister's clerk. To supplement his income he took up literary work and wrote on a great variety of subjects. For many years he was a Wesleyan Methodist. In 1808 he was invited to catalogue the Harleian MSS in the British Library, and from then on was engaged in several bibliographical undertakings. In 1818 appeared the first edition of his Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures (3 vols.), which at once established itself by its completeness as a standard work, though it was without originality. A supplementary volume appeared in 1821, and it went through a large number of editions both in Great Britain and the USA down to 1860. Among those who helped in the revision of its later editions were S. Davidson and S. P. Tregelles. In 1819 Horne was ordained by W. Howley to the curacy of Christ Church, Newgate Street, and held various ecclesiastical offices in the London diocese till his death. His many other writings include an Introduction to the Study of Bibliography (2 vols., 1814), Deism Refuted (1819), The Scripture Doctrine of the Trinity briefly stated and defended (1820), and A Compendious Introduction to the Study of the Bible (1827).

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

Subjects: Christianity.


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