Francis Crawford Burkitt: Transcript of the Passio Machabeorum

Scope and Content

Transcript of the 'Passio Machabeorum' made from a 13th century manuscript at S. Maria de Bona Spe, diocese of Cambrai, 17 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis Crawford Burkitt (1864-1935) was born in London on 3 September 1864. He attended a day school, before entering Harrow in 1878, and matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1883 (B.A., 1886; M.A., 1890; B.D. and D.D., 1915). Burkitt became university lecturer in palaeography in 1903, and was Norrisian professor of divinity, 1905-1935. He studied oriental languages, and developed a reputation as a Syriac scholar. He produced works on the Old and New Testaments, and on Mancichaeism and Gnosticism. Burkitt died in Cambridge on 11 May 1935.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs F.J.A. Holt, 1910.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Burkitt in L.G. Wickham Legg, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1931-1940 (Oxford University Press, 1949), pp. 124-125.

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Cambridge University Library also holds papers of F.C. Burkitt, MS.Add.7658.