This is the first full biography of James Rendel Harris (1852-1941), Bible and patristic scholar, manuscript collector, Quaker theologian, devotional writer, traveller, folklorist, and relief worker. Drawing on published and unpublished sources gathered in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, many of which were previously unknown, Alessandro Falcetta tells the story of Harris's life and works set against the background of the cultural and political life of contemporary Britain. Falcetta traces the development of Harris's career from Cambridge to Birmingham, the story of his seven journeys to the Middle East, and of his many campaigns, from religious freedom to conscientious objection.
The book focuses upon Harris's innovative contributions in the field of textual and literary criticism, his acquisitions of hundreds of manuscripts from the Middle East, his discoveries of early Christian works - in particular the Odes of Solomon - his Quaker beliefs and his studies in the cult of twins. His enormous output and extensive correspondence reveal an indefatigable genius in close contact with the most famous scholars of his time, from Hort to Harnack, Nestle, the `Sisters of Sinai', and Frazer.
Alessandro Falcetta teaches at the University of Stavanger, Norway.
TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF MAPS TABLE OF ILLUSTRATIONS PREFACE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ABBREVIATIONS AUTHOR'S NOTES PROLOGUE CHAPTER 1. BETWEEN TWO RIVERS CHAPTER 2. FROM MATH TO HORT CHAPTER 3. CONVERSION CHAPTER 4. HELEN CHAPTER 5. A PROMISING SCHOLAR CHAPTER 6. A POPULAR PROFESSOR CHAPTER 7. THE DARK CLOSET CHAPTER 8. THE CALL OF THE CAM CHAPTER 9. THE SEPTUAGINT MISSION CHAPTER 10. WITH THE SISTERS OF SINAI CHAPTER 11. THE BREEZE OF CAMBRIDGE CHAPTER 12. THE ORIGINS OF THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHAPTER 13. THE SWORD OF THE SULTAN CHAPTER 14. BACK TO THE OURFANS CHAPTER 15. LEYDEN'S DIS-APPOINTMENT CHAPTER 16. THE QUAKER RENAISSANCE CHAPTER 17. THE FOUNDATION OF WOODBROOKE CHAPTER 18. THE DOCTOR IN WONDERLAND CHAPTER 19. INNER LIGHT CHAPTER 20. PRESIDENT OF THE FREE CHURCHES CHAPTER 21. THE CRUMBLING EMPIRE CHAPTER 22. THE END OF A WORLD CHAPTER 24. MANUSCRIPTS CHAPTER 25. THE ODES OF SOLOMON CHAPTER 26. THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER 27. THE ORIGINS OF RELIGION CHAPTER 28. THE CURATOR CHAPTER 29. THE QUEST OF THE HARMONY CHAPTER 30. THE RENDEL HARRIS LIBRARY CHAPTER 31. THE MINGANA COLLECTION CHAPTER 32. THE BLIND MASTER CHAPTER 33. THE ORIGINS OF CIVILIZATION CHAPTER 34. THE LAST DISCOVERY EPILOGUE BIBLIOGRAPHY ENDNOTES