From "The Answer Book" ©1989 Samuel C. Gipp. Reproduced by permission
QUESTION: Who was Dean Burgon?
ANSWER: He was an outstanding 19th century Bible scholar.
EXPLANATION: John William Burgon (1813-1888) was a
man of tremendous intellect and ranks among men such a Lancelot
Andrews (1555-1626) and Robert Dick Wilson (1856-1930) in
scholarship. He became the Dean of Chichester and has since
been known as "Dean" Burgon.
Dr. Burgon was contemporary with Westcott and Hort. He was
an advocate of the Textus Receptus and was the nemesis of
Westcott and Hort's feeble arguments against it. He believed,
unlike Westcott and Hort, in basing all conclusions on the solid
foundation of facts rather than the sand of theory. He would leave
no stone unturned in his quest for truth and no blow undelivered in
his defense of it.
His serious scholarship, quick wit and acid tongue drove
Westcott and Hort and all other Alexandrian scholars from the
field of battle. His arguments against the Alexandrian text and in
favor of the last 12 verses of Mark and other questioned portions
have proven to be as unanswerable by modem scholarship as they
were to his contemporaries.
Today his name is as synonymous with the defense of the King
James Bible as the names of Hills, Fuller and Ruckman. He is not
only known as a champion of the Authorized Bible, but his works
are an example of what honest, objective and thorough
scholarship can produce.