Robert Lubbock Bensly

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Robert Lubbock Bensly (born Eaton, Norwich, England, August 24, 1831; died at Cambridge, April 23, 1893) was an English orientalist.

Life[edit]

He was born at Eaton, near Norwich, on 24 August 1831. He was the second son of Robert Bensly and Harriet Reeve. He was educated at first in a private school.[1] He was educated at King's College London, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge,[2] studied in Germany, and was appointed reader in Hebrew at Gonville and Caius College 1863. He was elected Fellow 1876; became lecturer in Hebrew and Syriac in his college; was made Lord Almoner's Professor of Arabic 1887; examiner in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament in the University of London.

He was a member of the Old Testament Revision Company; and accompanied Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Gibson on the 1893 trip to Saint Catherine's Monastery in Egypt following the sisters' discovery there the previous year of a palimpsest of the Gospels in Syriac. Bensly, together with Francis Crawford Burkitt, played an important role in deciphering the text on this second trip.[3]

He has edited The Missing Fragment of the Latin Translation of the Fourth Book of Ezra, discovered and edited with an Introduction and Notes (Cambridge, 1875); contributed The Harklean Version of Heb. xi, 28–xiii, 25 to the Proceedings of the Congress of Orientalists of 1889; assisted in the editing of the Sinaitic palimpsest; edited IV Maccabees (to which he devoted twenty-seven years of labor), published posthumously (Cambridge, 1895); wrote Our Journey to Sinai, Visit to the Convent of St. Catarina, with a chapter on the Sinai Palimpsest (published posthumously London, 1896); and edited St. Clement's Epistles to the Corinthians in Syriac (published posthumously London, 1899).

Family[edit]

Bensly married at Halle, on 14 August 1860, Agnes Dorothee, daughter of Baron Eduard von Blomberg, who, with three children, survives him. His eldest son, Edward, was a professor of Greek in Adelaide University.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bendall 1901.
  2. ^ "Bensly, Robert Lubbock (BNSY851RL)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Soskice, Janet (2010) Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Found the Hidden Gospels. London: Vintage, 146 - 187
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