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Plumptre, Edward Hayes

PLUMPTRE, EDWARD HAYES (1821-1891), English divine and scholar, was born in London on the 6th of August 1821. A scholar of University College, Oxford, he graduated with a double-first class in 1844, and in the same year he was elected fellow of Brasenose College. He was ordained in 1847, and shortly afterwards appointed chaplain, and then professor of pastoral theology, at King's College, London. In 1863 he was given a prebendal stall at St Paul's, and from 1869 to 1874 he was a member of the committee appointed by Convocation to revise the authorized version of the Old Testament. He was Boyle lecturer in 1866-1867 (" Christ and Christendom "), and Grinfield lecturer on the Septuagint at Oxford 1872-1874. After successively holding the livings of Pluckley and Brickley in Kent, he was installed in 1 88 1 as dean of Wells. He died on the 1st of February 1891.

Plumptre was a man of great versatility and attained high reputation as a translator of the plays of Sophocles (1865) and Aeschylus (1868), and of the Divina commedia of Dante (1886). In verse his main achievements were Lazarus (1864), and Master and Scholar (1866). Among his many theological works may be mentioned An Exposition of the Epistles to the Seven Churches of Asia (1877), The Spirits in Prison (1884), " The Book of Proverbs " (which he annotated in the Speaker's Commentary), the " Synoptic Gospels, Acts, and II. Corinthians," in Bishop Ellicott's New Testament Commentary, and Life of Bishop Ken (1888).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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