J. Rendel Harris

James Rendel Harris ( born January 27, 1852 in Plymouth, Devon, † March 1, 1941 ) was a British biblical scholar and curator of manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, particularly the study of the Syriac manuscripts devoted himself. His connections to St. Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai enabled Agnes Smith Lewis and Margaret Dunlop Gibson her sister the discovery of the Syriac NT translation. He was a Quaker.

He attended Clare College, Cambridge, and was a Fellow of Mathematics from 1875 to 1878, 1892, and 1902 until 1904. Harris spent so much time in the Middle East as possible. 1882-85 he was also Professor of New Testament and Greek at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA and at Haverford College ( 1882-92 ). 1889-90, he earned 47 Hebrew, Latin, Arabic, Syriac, Armenian and Ethiopian manuscripts dating from the 13th century on Biblical and grammatical issues. He taught theology at Leiden from 1903-04 and was then Director of Studies of the Society of Friends at Brooke Wood College in Birmingham.


  • New Testament autographs (1882 )
  • Notes on Scriveners ' "Plain introduction to the criticism of the New Testament, " 3rd edition [ microform] (1885 )
  • The Origin of the Leicester Codex of the New Testament. CJ Clay & Sons, London, 1877.
  • Biblical fragments from Mount Sinai ( 1890)
  • The codex Sangallensis ( Δ ). A Study in the text of the Old Latin Gospels, (London, 1891).
  • Codex Bezae: a study of the so - called Western text of the New Testament ( 1893)
  • Memoranda Sacra (1893 )
  • Stichometry (London 1893).
  • Four lectures on the western text of the New Testament ( 1894)
  • The four Gospels in Syriac: Sinaitic Palimpsest transcribed from the (1894 )
  • Fragments of the commentary of Ephrem Syrus upon the Diatessaron (1895 )
  • An early Christian psalter (1909 )
  • Boanerges (1913 )
  • The origin of the prologue to St. John's Gospel (1917 )