British Biblical and patristic scholar
Kirsopp Lake (7 April 1872 – 10 November 1946) was a New Testament scholar and Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School. He had an uncommon breadth of interests, publishing definitive monographs in New Testament textual criticism, Greek palaeography, theology, and archaeology.
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Born at Southampton (England), Lake attended St. Paul's School, London, and Lincoln College, Oxford. After ordination into the Church of England he was curate of St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford, from 1897 to 1904. There he began his career as an academic writer, publishing The Text of the New Testament (1900).
For the next ten years Lake was professor of early Christian literature at the University of Leyden (Holland), where he wrote more books, including The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (1907). In 1914 be crossed the Atlantic to become a professor at Harvard. He remained at that school until his retirement in 1938.
Perhaps Lake's greatest contribution to learning was the series of volumes he wrote with F J. Foakes-Jackson entitled The Beginnings of Christianity: Part 1; The Acts of the Apostles (1920-1923). In the study of Christianity's origins and in New Testament textul criticism, Lake was a pioneer.
Works by Kirsopp Lake
The Apostolic Fathers are a group of early Christian authors whose writings date back to the middle of the first century. Included among the Apostolic Fathers are St. Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, St. Polycarp of Smyrna, Didache, Barnabas of Alexandria, The Shepherd of Hermas, and Diognetus. Though their writings are not included in the New Testament, these Christian leaders are believed to have had contact with Jesus' twelve disciplines. This collection of writings reveals the practices and theology of early Pauline Christianity as it developed in churches across different cultures. In order to preserve the authenticity of these writings, this version of Apostolic Fathers remains in the original Greek; the book will be useful for pastors, scholars, and seminarians who are familiar with the Greek language.
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