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bMS 714

Lake, Kirsopp and Silva. Papers, 1931-1937: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University


Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 714
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Lake, Kirsopp
Creator: Silva.
Title: Lake, Kirsopp and Silva. Papers, 1931-1937.
Date(s): 1931-1937.
Quantity: 2 boxes
Abstract: Papers of Kirsopp and Silva Lake, consisting of a scrapbook and two annotated manuscripts.

Acquisition Information:

The two annotated manuscript volumes were donated by Lydia Lake in 2008.

Processing Information:

Processed by Carol Filip, 2011.


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Biographical / Historical

Kirsopp Lake (1872-1946) was a British biblical and patristic scholar and textual critic. He was born in Southampton, England, and died in South Pasadena, California. He was ordained into the Church of England and was curate of St. Mary the Virgin (Oxford, England) from 1897 to 1904, and was then a professor of early Christian literature at the University of Leiden until 1913. After 1914 he was a professor of early Christian literature at Harvard University. In 1919 he was appointed to a Harvard chair as Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History. He retired from Harvard in 1938. Lake was interested in archaeology and participated in many expeditions to the Near East. He visited Mount Sinai, Mount Athos, Turkey and Iraq. His excavations were cut short by World War II. In the early twentieth century, Lake discovered a textual family of New Testament manuscripts known as Family 1 (also known as Lake group). He also examined textual family Family II, and compared its text with text Codex Alexandrinus. Lake married his second wife, Silva New in 1932. Born in 1898, she was an accomplished scholar in her own right, and was a professor of Classics at Bryn Mawr College.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a scrapbook entitled "Samaria Excavations, Spring, 1931" which describes an archaeological dig undertaken by Kirsopp Lake, Robert Blake, and Silva New. It contains photographs and handwritten explanations of various aspects of the dig. Also included are manuscripts of two publications: ""An Introduction to the New Testament," by Kirsopp Lake and Silva Lake, and "Family II and the Codex Alexandrinus; the text according to Mark," by Silva Lake.


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