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Joseph Armitage Robinson

(1858—1933) dean of Westminster and Wells


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(1858–1933), NT and patristic scholar. Educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, of which he was a Fellow from 1881 to 1899, he was ordained priest in 1882 and devoted himself to patristic studies. In 1891 he founded the series of monographs Texts and Studies, in which he edited the Passion of Perpetua in the same year. In 1893 he published an edition of Origen's ‘Philocalia.’ In 1899 he became a canon, and in 1902 Dean, of Westminster. In 1903 he published his commentary on St Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, in which he defended the authenticity of the letter. In 1911 he resigned the Deanery of Westminster to become Dean of Wells. Here he took a lively interest in the cathedral and the early history of the see and wrote The Saxon Bishops of Wells (1919) and St Oswald at Worcester (1919). In 1920 Robinson published an English translation of the recently recovered ‘Apostolic Preaching’ of St Irenaeus and his Donnellan Lectures on Barnabas, Hermas, and the Didache, in which he attempted to prove a late date for the Didache. His later publications include The Times of St Dunstan (1923), which became a standard work. He was one of the Anglican participants in the Malines Conversations.

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

Subjects: Christianity.


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