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Seven Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford by John William Burgon

 
The late 19th century marked a turning point in biblical criticism. B. F. Westcott and F. J. A. Hort compiled some of the oldest manuscripts of the New Testament. Their compilation has served as the template for almost every modern translation of the Bible. Because of this, people often forget that Westcott and Hort’s critical text faced considerable controversy. John Burgon was one of Westcott and Hort’s fiercest detractors, believing that they sought to “modify” the scriptures according to their various agendas. In his lectures on inspiration and interpretation, Burgon defends the inerrancy of the Textus Receptus, the collection of Greek texts that provided the material for the King James Version and the German Luther Bible. Today, people associate Burgon’s name with biblical inerrancy as well as the Dean Burgon Society, a leader in the King- James-Only Movement. 
 
John William Burgon (21 August 1813 – 4 August 1888) was an English Anglican divine who became the Dean of Chichester Cathedral in 1876. He is remembered for his passionate defence of the historicity and Mosaic authorship of Genesis and of Biblical inerrancy in general. Popular works: Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels, Inspiration and Interpretation: Seven Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford: With Preliminary Remarks: Being an Answer to a Volume Enti, Last Twelve Verses of the Gospel According to S. Mark Vindicated Against Recent Critical Objectors and Established, Revision Revised.

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