William Sanday (theologian)

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William Sanday.

William Sanday, FBA (1 August 1843 – 16 September 1920) was an English theologian. He was the Dean Ireland's Professor of Exegesis of Holy Scripture from 1883 to 1895, and the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity from 1895 to 1919; both chairs were at the University of Oxford. He had previously been Master of Bishop Hatfield's Hall, University of Durham.


Sanday was born in Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire, England to William Sanday and Elizabeth Mann. He was a British academic theologian and biblical scholar. In 1877 he married Marian Hastings, daughter of Woodman Hastings.

He was Dean Ireland's Professor of Exegesis of Holy Scripture at Oxford between 1883 and 1895, as well as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity and Canon of Christ Church between 1895 and 1919. He became a Fellow of the British Academy in 1903 (one of the original cohort), and received the honorary degree Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from the University of Cambridge in May 1902.[1]

He also worked as one of the editors of the 1880 Variorum Bible, and contributed articles to the Encyclopaedia Biblica and The American Journal of Theology.


  • The Authorship and Historical Character of the Fourth Gospel (1872)
  • The Gospels in the Second Century (1876)
  • Commentary on Romans (1895, with Arthur C. Headlam)
  • Outlines of the Life of Christ (1905)
  • The New Testament Background (1918)


  1. ^ "University intelligence". The Times (36779). London. 28 May 1902. p. 12. 


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