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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 624

Abbot, Ezra, 1819-1884. Papers, 1813-1881.


Sermons, notes, and drafts relating to New Testament scholar and Harvard Divinity School professor Ezra Abbot's work on a revised bible, 1881. The papers span 1813-1881.


  • Creation: 1813-1881.


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This collection consists of sermons, notes, and drafts relating to Abbot's work on a revised bible. There are also newspaper articles and editorials covering bible revision.

Biographical / Historical

Ezra Abbot (1819-1884) is considered one of the most preeminent scholars of New Testament textual criticism in the nineteenth century. Abbot earned his undergraduate degree in 1840 and his M.A. in 1843, both from Bowdoin College. After leaving Bowdoin, Abbot taught high school in Cambridgeport (Mass.) until he acquired the post of Assistant Librarian of Harvard College in 1856. In 1871 he was named a lecturer on New Testament textual criticism, and in 1872 he was awarded the Bussey Professorship of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Harvard Divinity School. He is most well known in academic circles for his editing work for which he received no credit for authorship. However, Abbot's successor, Joseph Henry Thayer, collected a number of Abbot's most well known published articles in a collection called Critical Essays Selected from the Published Papers of Ezra Abbot (1888). This collection contains Abbot's best known work, The Authorship of the Fourth Gospel: External Evidences (1880), which defends the traditional authorship of the Gospel of John.

Related Material

See related material in the papers of Joseph Henry Thayer, bMS 672.

Abbot, Ezra, 1819-1884. Papers, 1813-1881: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

Special Collections at Harvard Divinity School Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies. Known as Andover-Harvard Theological Library since 1911, it was renamed the Harvard Divinity School Library in 2021.

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