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Robert Henry Charles
was an English biblical scholar and theologian. He is known particularly for English translations of apocryphal and pseudepigraphal works, and editions including Jubilees
The Book of Jubilees , sometimes called Lesser Genesis , is an ancient Jewish religious work, considered one of the pseudepigrapha by Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox Churches...
(1895), the Book of Enoch
The Book of Enoch is an ancient Jewish religious work, traditionally ascribed to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah. It is not part of the biblical canon as used by Jews, apart from Beta Israel...
(1906), and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs is a constituent of the apocryphal scriptures connected with the Bible. It is a pseudepigraphical work comprising the dying commands of the twelve sons of Jacob. It is part of the Oscan Armenian Orthodox Bible of 1666. Fragments of similar writings were...
(1908) which have been widely used.
He was educated at the Belfast Academy, Queen's College, Belfast and Trinity College, Dublin
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. He gained a D.D.
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and became Professor of Biblical Greek at Trinity College. He also became archdeacon
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- The Book of Enoch, Oxford: Clarendon, 1893.
- The Book of Enoch, Oxford: Clarendon, 1895.
- The Ethiopic Version of the Hebrew Book of Jubilees, Oxford: Clarendon, 1896.
- The Apocalypse of Baruch, London: Black, 1896. and W. R. Morfill, The Book of the Secrets of Enoch, Oxford: Clarendon, 1896.
- The Assumption of Moses, London: Black, 1897.
- A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life, London: Black, 1899.
- Ascension of Isaiah, London: Black, 1900.
- The Book of Jubilees or the Little Genesis, London: Black, 1902.
- Encyclopaedia Biblica (contributor), 1903
- The Ethiopic Version of Book of Enoch, Oxford: Clarendon, 1906.
- The Greek Versions of the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, Oxford: Clarendon, 1908.
- The Book of Enoch or 1 Enoch: Translated from the Editor's Ethiopic Text, Oxford: Clarendon, 1912.
- Eschatology: The Doctrine of a Future Life in Israel, Judaism and Christianity, London: Black, 1913 (rpt. New York: Schocken 1963 with an introduction by G. W. Buchanan).
- ed. The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, 2 vols.; Oxford: Clarendon, 1913.
- Lectures on the Apocalypse, Schweich Lecture
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- A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Revelation of St. John, 2 vols., Edinburgh: Clark, 1920.
- A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Daniel, Oxford: Clarendon, 1929.