Charles Taylor (Hebraist)

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Charles Taylor (1840–1908) was an English Christian Hebraist.


Taylor was born on 27 May 1840 in London. He was educated at King's College School, and St. John's College, Cambridge, where graduated BA as 9th wrangler in 1862 and became a fellow of his college in 1864.[1] He became Master of St John's in 1881. In 1874 he published an edition of Coheleth; in 1877 Sayings of the Jewish Fathers,[2] an elaborate edition of the Pirḳe Abot (2 ed., 1897); and in 1899 a valuable appendix giving a list of manuscripts.

Taylor discovered the Jewish source of the Didache in his Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, 1886, and published also an Essay on the Theology of the Didache, 1889.

Taylor took a great interest in Solomon Schechter's work in Cairo, and the genizah fragments presented to the University of Cambridge are known as the Taylor-Schechter Collection.[3] He was joint editor with Schechter of The Wisdom of Ben Sira, 1899. He published separately Cairo Genizah Palimpsests, 1900.

He wrote also several works on geometry and participated in the creation and running of the journal Messenger of Mathematics.

On 19 October 1907 he married Margaret Sophia Dillon, daughter of the Hon. Conrad Dillon.

He died in Nuremberg on 12 August 1908[4] and is buried in the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge.



  1. ^ "Taylor, Charles (TLR858C)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ Online text Sayings of the Jewish Fathers.
  3. ^ "Taylor-Schechter: a Priceless Collection". Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2007-05-27.
  4. ^ Janus: Papers of Charles Taylor


  • Who was Who: Vol. 1: 1897–1915. London: A. & C. Black

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Academic offices
Preceded by
William Henry Bateson
Master of St John's College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Robert Forsyth Scott
Preceded by
Charles Swainson
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Charles Edward Searle

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSinger, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "article name needed". The Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls.