QUESTION: Who was Dean Burgon?
ANSWER: He was an outstanding 19th century
EXPLANATION: John William Burgon (1813-1888)
was a man of tremendous intellect and ranks among men such a Lancelot
Andrews (1555-1626) and Robert Dick Wilson (1856-1930) in scholarship.
He became the Dean of Chichester and has since been known as "Dean"
Dr. Burgon was contemporary with Westcott and Hort. He
was an advocate of the Textus Receptus and was the nemesis of Westcott
and Hort's feeble arguments against it. He believed, unlike Westcott
and Hort, in basing all conclusions on the solid foundation of facts
rather than the sand of theory. He would leave no stone
unturned in his quest for truth and no blow undelivered in his defense
His serious scholarship, quick wit and acid tongue drove
Westcott and Hort and all other Alexandrian scholars from the field
of battle. His arguments against the Alexandrian text and in favor of
the last 12 verses of Mark and other questioned portions have proven
to be as unanswerable by modem scholarship as they were to his contemporaries.
Today his name is as synonymous with the defense of the
King James Bible as the names of Hills, Fuller and Ruckman. He is not
only known as a champion of the Authorized Bible, but his works are
an example of what honest, objective and thorough
scholarship can produce.