The role of the lexicon

Maurice A. O'Sullivan (
Fri, 03 Jan 1997 11:15:18 +0000

May I share a reminiscence with the list members which bears happily on the
role of the lexicon?.

Some years ago, a distinguished Irish scholar, Dr. George Otto Simms, who
was also the retired Anglican Archbishop of Dublin, spoke at a meeting of
the National Bible Society of Ireland. He was responding to the first
lecture given by Dr. Donal Murray, one of the auxiliary bishops of the
Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.

In the course of his response, Dr. Simms told his audience of a remark made
by " my tutor, Hoskyns, at Cambridge", to the effect that " to bury oneself
in a Greek lexicon is to rise with Christ ".

I have now been told by a friend in Oxford, that that tutor was:
Sir Edwyn Clement [13th Baronet] Hoskyns (1884 - 1937), who
was dean of Chapel of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and a
distinguished NT scholar.

So, now that we have the full provenance of the quotation, feel free to use
it -- I think it makes a most appropriate 'sig-line' for this particular
mailing list.



Maurice A. O'Sullivan [ Bray, Ireland ]

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