These three volumes by William Henry Simcox represent the culmination of an impressive scholarly career. Dealing with issues as broad as Greek grammar and early Christian history, the William Henry Simcox Collection (3 Vols.) gives access to some of the most important nineteenth century scholarship on church history and Greek grammar & style.
William H. Simcox’s endeavors were held in high regard in his day by the scholarly giants of his generation, such as A. T. Robertson and Caspar René Gregory. Theologian Louis Berkof described his book, Writers of the New Testament, as “a lucid discussion of the style of the N. T. writers”. One can only wonder what his scholarly output would have been had he not passed away at the early age of forty-seven, having already completed four important books and numerous articles. His efforts continue to be referenced by such scholars as F. F. Bruce, Donald Guthrie, Robert L. Thomas, and Daniel Wallace.
All that Mr. Simcox wrote was original and ingenious. . . .
[The Writers of the New Testament] is a companion volume to that on The Language of the New Testament. . . . There is just enough of it to make one wish that the author had lived long enough to treat this whole important subject exhaustively. Even as it is, however, this little book will be found most helpful. It contains, in fact, a great deal in a very small compass; and certainly the young student could not do much better than to take this book in one hand and his Greek Testament in the other, and turn up all the references.
William Henry Simcox, born in 1842, was a Biblical and Classical scholar of the highest caliber. Fellow of Queen’s College, Oxford and Rector of Harlaxton, Simcox was active in the study of the book of Revelation, early Christian history, textual criticism, and Greek grammar. He contributed to the translation of John Chrysostom’s Homilies on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans for Philip Schaff’s Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, Vol. XI. Outside of the realms of Biblical studies, he wrote the first major biography of William Shakespeare’s patron Barnabe Barnes. His family was also close friends with novelist George Eliot. At the time of his premature death in 1889, at the age of forty-seven, he was involved in a variety of projects including the collation of Greek manuscripts of Revelation, the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges and Cambridge Greek Testament volumes on Revelation, and an extensive study of the style of the New Testament authors. His brother and fellow scholar, George Simcox, edited and saw to publication his two Revelation commentaries, as well as The Writers of the New Testament.