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Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener

(1813—1891) biblical scholar


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(1813–91), NT textual critic. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, he held a number of parochial appointments. From 1846 to 1856 he was headmaster of Falmouth School. He made a very comprehensive study of the text of the NT, publishing collations and detailed descriptions of a large number of (esp. minuscule) MSS, some of them hitherto unexamined. His Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the NT, of which the 1st edition appeared in 1861 (listing some 1,170 MSS) and the 4th (posthumous, ed. E. Miller) in 1894 (listing over 3,000), is still a valuable book of reference, despite the attempt made in it to defend the textus receptus.

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

Subjects: Christianity.


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