Anglican clerical scholar
George Edmundson (4 February 1848 – 3 July 1930) was a clergyman of the Church of England and academic historian of the University of Oxford. He took up benefices in Northolt and Chelsea and in retirement lived in the south of France.
Edmundson graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford in 1870, was ordained in 1872; and served as vicar of Northolt, Middlesex.
His work, The Church of Rome in the First Century: the Bampton Lectures for 1913 was published in 1913. The late J. A. T. Robinson praised the book and remarked in his Redating the New Testament (1977) that the book was largely ignored when it was published, perhaps because the author was not a professional New Testament scholar and his conclusions differed from almost all the "assured results" of the "higher criticism" of the day.
Works by George Edmundson
In 1913, George Edmundson gave the University of Oxford's Bampton Lectures, an annual (now biennial) lecture series that concentrates on Christian theological topics. This book contains the collection of Edmundson's lectures, all of which concern Christianity's first two hundred years. The majority of the book's content addresses the New Testament directly, while a couple of the later lectures concern later early church figures such as Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and Tertullian. During his time, Edmundson's work was largely ignored, as he was a clergyman rather than a New Testament scholar. Not only this, but his conclusions differed vastly from the scholarly consensus of his contemporaries. Today, readers can approach Edmundson's work as one piece of the ongoing dialogue in literary/historical criticism of the Bible.
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