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By R. C. Jebb

ISBN-10: 0511707878

ISBN-13: 9780511707872

ISBN-10: 1108010830

ISBN-13: 9781108010832

First released in 1882, this can be a biography of the English clergyman, pupil and classicist, Richard Bentley (1662-1742). Born in West Yorkshire, informed at Wakefield Grammar university and later at St John's university in Cambridge, Bentley turned some of the most revered textual critics of his day. between scholars of the Greek New testomony, he's remembered because the first individual to outline a plan for developing the entire of the textual content without delay from the unique records. Bentley grew to become a famous and arguable determine in the course of his time as grasp of Trinity collage, Cambridge. His mood and his contemptuous therapy of his colleagues ended in numerous makes an attempt to safe his removing and embroiled him in controversy and feuding for the following 30 years. regardless of all this, Bentley endured his classical learn and released books which are studied to today.

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The first was given on March 7, 1692. ' In choosing this ground Bentley was following a recent example. Richard Cumberland, afterwards Bishop of Peterborough, had published in 1672 his 'Philosophical Disquisition on the Laws of Nature'—arguing, against the school of Hobbes, that certain immutable principles of moral choice are inherent in the nature of things and in the mind of man. He purposely refrains, however, from appealing to Scripture: the testimony which Cumberland invokes is that of recent science, mathematical or physiological,—of Descartes and Huygens, of Willis or Harvey.

Print—which precedes his Prolegomena was written after he had read Bentley's argument; and ends with a prayer. Mr Hody's aspiration is that he may always write in a becoming spirit; and, finally, that he may be a despiser of trifles {nugarum denique contemptor). Taken as a whole, Bentley's Letter to Mill is an extraordinary performance for a pcholar of twenty-eight in the year 1690. It ranges from one topic to another over almost the wholefieldof ancient literature. Upwards of sixty Greek and Latin, writers, from the earliest to the latest, are incidentally explained or corrected.

Press had lapsed into a state which called for reparation. Bentley took an active part in procuring subscriptions for that purpose. H e was empowered by the University to order new founts of type, which were cast in Holland. Evelyn, in his Diary (Aug. ' I n the same year Bentley took the degree of Doctor in Divinity. On Commencement Sunday (July 5, 1696) he preached before the University, taking as his text 1 Pet. iii. 15. The sermon, which is extant, defends Christianity against deism. I t is natural to ask,—was Bentley yet remarked for any of those qualities which form the harsher side of his character in later life 1 H e was now thirty-four.

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