EDWARDS, THOMAS (1652 - 1721), cleric and Coptic scholar

Name: Thomas Edwards
Date of birth: 1652
Date of death: 1721
Gender: Male
Occupation: cleric and Coptic scholar
Area of activity: Religion; Scholarship and Languages
Author: Dafydd Rhys ap Thomas

b. at Llanllechid, Caerns. He attended school at Bangor, proceeded to S. John's College, Cambridge, in 1670, graduated B.A. in 1673, and M.A. in 1677. For some time, ending with Dr. Edmund Castell's death in 1685, Edwards lived with this learned professor of Arabic at Cambridge. He then became chaplain of Christ Church, Oxford, apparently in order to pass through the press the Coptic New Testament held up by the death of its editor Dr. Thomas Marshall in 1675. Owing to the death (1686) of John Fell, bishop of Oxford, his patron (credited by Schwartze with persuading him to take up Coptic), further publication of the Coptic N.T. was suspended, and he was never able to publish even a specimen of his manuscript Coptic lexicon compiled from various sources and preserved in the Bodleian library. From 1690-1708 he was vicar of Badby, Northants; then rector of Aldwinckle All Saints until his death 5 Sept. 1721. His only published works seem to be A Discourse Against Extempore Prayer (London, 1703), criticized by Ed. Calamy in such a way as to provoke Diocesan Episcopacy proved from Holy Scripture (London, 1705).

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Published date: 1959

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