Collection Wilson MSS - Robert McLachlan Wilson Collection

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Wilson MSS


Robert McLachlan Wilson Collection


  • Late 1950s-1980s (Creation)

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1 box (3 folders)

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Biographical history

British New Testament and Gnostics scholar. Born, Gourock 1916. Died, Dundee 2010. Educated, Greenock Academy and Royal High School, Edinburgh. Awarded MA in Classics at Edinburgh University, followed by a degree in divinity with distinction in New Testament. Specialized in the origins of Gnosticism at Cambridge, PhD, 1945. Appointed minister at Strathaven, Lanarkshire, 1946. Lecturer in New Testament Language and Literature, University of St Andrews, 1954. Awarded personal chair, and then the University Chair of Biblical Criticism, 1978. President then secretary of the Society for New Testament Studies. Edited New Testament Studies.

Archival history

In the possession of Professor R. McL. Wilson.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by Professor Wilson's son, Mr Andrew Wilson, in July 2010.

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Scope and content

Copies, notes, transcripts, photographs, and correspondence relating to the surviving fragments of the New Testament in the Faiyumic dialect of Coptic. Continuing the work of P. E. Kahle, see Kahle MSS 2/13 New Testament Faiyumic Texts.

Includes correspondence from:

  • Paul Eric Kahle, 1959
  • Elinor Husselman (Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan), 1959-1961
  • Walter Till (Department of Coptic Studies, University of Manchester), 1958-1959
  • Theodore Petersen (St Paul’s College, Washington), 1965
  • R. Kasser (Professor of Coptic Language and Literature, University of Geneva), 1987

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System of arrangement

Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

Language of material

  • Coptic
  • English
  • French

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English and Coptic. Some correspondence in French.

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No problems.

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These are originals.

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Not published.

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  • Shelf: 0421