Papers of Lobegott Friedrich Constantin von Tischendorf, 1815-1874, orientalist and Biblical critic

Scope and Content

  • Letters from Constantin Tischendorf to Samuel Davidson 1861-1870
  • Letters from Johannes Gunter Gildemeister to Constantin von Tischendorf 1851-1853
  • Notes by J Gildemeister on various texts 1800s
  • Offprint from unspecified journal containing article by J Gildemeister 1800s

Administrative / Biographical History

Lobegott Friedrich Constantin von Tischendorf,  1815-1874 , orientalist and Biblical critic, was born in Legenfeld near Leipzig, Germany, on 18 January  1815 . He was educated at the Plauen Gymnasium (grammar school) in Plauen, Germany, and at the University of Leipzig, where he studied theology, specialising in the New Testament. After travelling through Europe and Asia studying biblical manuscripts, he became Professor for Biblical Palaeography at the University of Leipzig in  1859 . He was ennobled by Tsar Alexander II in  1869  and died in Leipzig on 07 December  1874 .  Samuel Davidson,  1806-1898 , theologian and biblical scholar, was born in September  1806  at Kellswater, near Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. He was Professor of Biblical Criticism at the Royal Academical Institution, Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 1831 to 1841 and Professor of Biblical Literature and Ecclesiastical History at Lancashire Independent College, Manchester, England, from 1843 to 1857. In 1862, he was elected Scripture Examiner at University College, London, England. He died in  1898 . Gildemeister, Johannes,  1812-1890 , was appointed Professor of Protestant Theology and Oriental Languages at Marburg University, Germany, in 1845, and founded the Department of Sanskrit. He taught in Marburg from 1845 to 1859.

Sources:  Black, Matthew and Davidson, Robert, Constantin von Tischendorf and the Greek New Testament, Glasgow, 1981

Dictionary of National Biography

Philipps-Universitaet Marburg, Website of the Department of Indology.


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Acquisition Information

Deposit : August 1974 : ACCN 4730 Deposit : August 1974 : ACCN 4731

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Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at the University of Glasgow Library, Department of Special Collections website, searching by the call number MS Gen 527

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Fonds level description compiled by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 21 July 2003.

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Custodial History

The records were in the care of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland until August 1974. The letters had been donated by Anne Jane Davidson, the Samuel Davidson’s daughter.


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Related Material

Letter from Constantin Tischendorf to Williams, of Williams & Norgate, 1860, available at the  University of Glasgow Library, Department of Special Collections website, searching by the call number MS Gen 527/23

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