Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener

English New Testament textual critic


September 29, 1813
October 30, 1891


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Born at Southwark, Scrivener was educated at Falmouth School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He later became the headmaster of Falmouth (1846-1856) and prebendary of Exeter (1874-1891). Scrivener spent his entire career working on New Testament manuscripts. He published the texts of twenty manuscripts (including Codex Augiensis and the miniscule 81), produced a list of all extant manuscripts, and created a system for classifying manuscripts. As an enthusiastic supporter of the Textus Receptus, he opposed the text produced by Westcott and Hort but did not gain a following among biblical scholars. He is well known for his book, A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament (1894).
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