About the Author
J. Rendel Harris was born at Plymouth, Devonshire, on January 27, 1852. He was educated at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a fellow in mathematics in 1875-78, 1892, and 1902-04. In the years between, he served as professor of New Testament Greek at Johns Hopkins University (1882-85) and Haverford College (1882-92), and of theology at Leyden (1903-04). After this, he was appointed director of studies at the Friends' Settlement for Social and Religious Study at Woodbrooke, near Birmingham. Harris represented two prestigious libraries during his lifetime: Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, and John Rylands, Manchester, where he became the curator of manuscripts. Most of his publications dealt with biblical and patristic history; he was an extremely prolific writer. Harris died on March 1, 1941, leaving an excellent, albeit unorthodox, mark that has stood the test of time. Included among the topics on which he wrote are: Didache, Philo, Diatessaron, the Apologists, Perpetua, Odes of Solomon, Gospel of Peter, Western and Syriac texts, and numerous works on biblical manuscripts.