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Studia Biblica et Ecclesiastica Vol. 2

by S. R. Driver

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TitleStudia Biblica et Ecclesiastica Vol. 2
AuthorS. R. Driver
PublisherVarda Books
Publication Date2009



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S. R. Driver ---

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DRIVER, SAMUEL ROLLES: English Christian Hebraist born at Southampton Oct. 2, 1846, Driver can truly be called in the words of one of the observers "the greatest Bible scholar of his generation."

One of the foremost champions of Biblical criticism, Driver has always taken a conservative view, showing much moderation and sympathy with the orthodox position. As such he was often attacked both from the Left and the Right of the field. His “A Treatise on the Use of the Tenses in Hebrew” (Oxford, 1874; 3d ed., 1892), has remained one of the most complete presentation of the subject.

For Driver “the Old Testament is not a systematic treatise on theology, but the record of a historical revelation, which, just because it was historical, passed through many successive phases, and was completed gradually”; and the conclusions at which he arrives “affect, not the fact of revelation, but only its form. They help to determine the stages through which it passed, the different phases which it assumed, and the process by which the record of it was built up. They do not touch either the authority or the inspiration of the scriptures of the Old Testament” (compare his “Isaiah,” Preface, and “Introduction,” p. vii., New York, 1891).

Driver is the author of numerous critical works dealing with the most important books of Tanakh, and his “Introduction” is still one of the standard English work on the subject. He has edited two small rabbinical works: a commentary on Jeremiah and Ezekiel by Moses ben Sheshet, London, 1871, and one on Proverbs, attributed to Abraham ibn Ezra, Oxford, 1880. Driver has also been a collaborator on the second edition of Smith's “Bible Dictionary,” on Hasting's “Dictionary of the Bible,” and on Cheyne and Black's “Encyclopædia Biblica,” and was coeditor, with Professors Brown and Briggs, of  The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon.


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I. The Authorship and the Titles of the Psalms according to early Jewish authorities

            AD. NEUBAUER, M.A., Exeter College, Reader in Rabbinical Literature and Sub-Librarian of the Bodleian Library, &c.; May 20,1889


II. The Origin and Mutual Relation of the Synoptic Gospels

            F. H . WOODS, B.D., Tutor of St. John's College; Nov. 16, 1886

    Synoptic Table


III. The Day and Year of St. Polycarp's Martyrdom

            C. H. TURNER, M.A., Fellow of Magdalen College; Oct. 31, 1887

    Appendix I. On a Paschal Homily printed in St. Chrysostom's works, ascribed by Ussher to A. D. 672, but really belonging to A. D. 387

    Appendix II. Passages from Ancient Writers who employ Kalendars of the Asiatic type, giving side by side a Roman and a native dating

    Note.—On the new matter contained in the Second Edition (1889) of Bishop Lightfoot's Apostolic Fathers (Part ii. St. Ignatius, St. Polycarp, vol. i. pp. 626-722)


IV. The Clementine Homilies

            C. BIGG, D.D., late Student of Christ Church; Feb. 2, 1885


V. The Evidence of the Early Versions and Patristic Quotations on the Text of the Books of the New Testament

            L l . J. Μ. BEBB, M.A., Fellow of Brasenose College; June 13, 1888

    Note.- W. S.


VI. The Ammonian Sections, Eusebian Canons, and Harmonizing Tables in the Syriac Tetraevangelium

            G. H. GWILLIAM, B.D., Fellow of Hertford College; March 8, 1886. (With facsimile.)

    Appendix I

    Appendix II


    Additional Note.— W. S .


VII. The Codex Amiatinus and its Birthplace

            H . J . WHITE, M.A., Christ Church; Dec. 3, 1889

    Appendix. On the Italian Origin of the Codex Amiatinus and the Localizing of Italian MSS.

            W. SANDAY, M.A., Exeter College, Dean Ireland's Professor of Exegesis; Nov. 29, 1889

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