- c. 1819-c. 1885 (Creation)
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12 boxes; paper
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Frederick Field was born in London on 20 July 1801, the son of Henry and Esther Field. After attending Christ's Hospital, he matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1819, and graduated as tenth wrangler, Chancellor's classical medallist, and Tyrwhitt's Hebrew scholar. He was elected a Fellow of Trinity in 1824, but did not teach, although he served twice as classical tripos examiner and took private pupils. He was ordained in 1828, and combined parochial work with academic work for many years. In 1842 he was presented with the living (in Trinity's gift) of Reepham, in Norfolk. His academic work was in the field of biblical and patristic studies, and his first work, an edition of Chrysostom's 'Homilies on St Matthew' was published in 1839, and was followed by an edition of Chrysostom's 'Homilies on St Paul's Epistles' (1845-62). In 1863 he resigned his living to devote his time to his work on an edition of the fragments of Origen's 'Hexapla' published in two volumes, 1867-1874. While working on the fragments he also published a pamphlet entitled 'Otium Norvicense' in 1864 with three more parts published in 1876, 1881, and (posthumously) in 1887, which served as a synthesis of his research into readings of the Greek text of the Old and New testaments. In part 4 he claimed to have been the first person to reintroduce the ancient interpretation of Mark 7: 18 which was adopted in the Revised Version of 1881. He died 19 April 1881 in Norwich, survived by his sister.
This summary owes much to Joanna Hawke's biography of Field in the Dictionary of National Biography.
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The papers consist primarily of writings and notes, with a few printed items and letters documenting Frederick Field's studies at Cambridge as a student in the 1820s and his later work as a biblical scholar. The student notes include essays and notebooks on various subjects, including the Greek dramatic poets, mechanics, and a 'Syllabus of Newton'. Later work includes extensive notes on the books of the Bible in notebooks and in folded fascicles, notes on Chrysostom's Homilies, holograph manuscripts of his 'Origenis Hexaplorum quae supersunt' and 'Otium Norvicensi' part 3, which is also represented by printed sheets with manuscript annotations. Amongst the many other miscellaneous items are indexing slips and a notebook containing a list of subscribers to a unidentified volume.
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- Ancient Greek
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Collection level description created by Diana Smith in June 2019.