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Thursday, September 4, 2014

4 September 1835 A.D. Edwin Hatch—Church of England Cleric & Septuagint Scholar

4 September 1835 A.D. Edwin Hatch—Church of England Cleric & Septuagint Scholar

Edwin Hatch (1835 to 1889)

Church of England

Word of God Analyzed, Breath of God Invoked.

Edwin Hatch was born at Derby, England. Educated at Brimingham and Oxford, he was ordained in England, but later taught in Canada. Of his several scholarly publications, his most famous is the Concordance to the Septuagint which he edited with Redpath. Listing every word in the Greek text, it remains the definitive work. He also wrote hymns, including "Breathe on me, breath of God."

Wiki offers a few notes.

Edwin Hatch (September 4, 1835 Derby, England – November 10, 1889 Oxford, England) was an English theologian. He is best known as the author of the book Influence of Greek Ideas and Usages Upon the Christian Church, which was based on the lectures he presented during the 1888 Hibbert Lectures and which were edited and published following his death. He is also remembered as the composer of the hymn "Breathe on me, breath of God."



Hatch attended King Edward's School, Birmingham, where he studied under James Prince Lee, who later became the Bishop of Manchester; it was during this period of his life that he was first noted for his strong mental independence and extreme study habits, as well as when he joined the Church of England (having been raised a nonconformist). He graduated from Pembroke College at Oxford University in 1857, where he was a dominant figure in the Birmingham Set,[1] after undergraduate studies at Cambridge University.[citation needed] In 1858, Hatch won the Ellerton prize. In 1859, he was ordained as an Anglican priest, and travelled to Toronto, Canada, where he was professor of classics at Trinity College until 1862. Between then and his return to Oxford in 1867, he served as rector of the High School of Quebec and professor of Classics at Morrin College, both in Quebec City. He served as vice-principal of Saint Mary Hall until 1885. In 1884 he was appointed university reader in ecclesiastical history.

In 1873, Hatch edited The student's handbook to the University and colleges of Oxford, which appeared in several revised editions during and after his time at the University. Hatch was a Bampton lecturer in 1880. He served as a Grinfield lecturer from 1880 to 1884, during which time he presented his concordance on the Septuagint. Author of hymn Breath on me, Breath of God. 1878.(The Book of Common Prayer)

Written works


1.       Jump up ^ Hare, Humphrey (1949), Swinburne: a biographical approach, London: H. F. & G. Witherby, p. 38, OCLC 361619, retrieved 2011-06-04 


  • Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hatch, Edwin". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  • Memorials of Edwin Hatch: sometime reader in ecclesiastical history in the University of Oxford, and rector of Purleigh, edited by his brother (Samuel C. Hatch). London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1890.
  • Aspects of Edwin Hatch, by Peter Colin Carlsson. Thesis (M.Phil.) - University of Southampton, Dept. of Theology, 1974.
  • Wikisource-logo.svg "Hatch, Edwin". New International Encyclopedia. 1905.  This work in turn cites an article by Harnack in the Theologische Litteratur Zeitung (1890)

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