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William John Conybeare

1815-1857. Biblical scholar. He was ordained in 1841 and the following year became the first principal of the Liverpool Collegiate Institution. In 1845 he was joined there by J.S. Howson,* later dean of Chester. Three years later he had to resign on account of his health, and became vicar of Axminster, Devon, until 1854. While he was there he combined with Howson to write The Life and Epistles of St. Paul (2 vols., 1852). This was an important book for introducing to the English-speaking world new ways of understanding the apostle's writings in the context of their time. He also wrote Essays Ecclesiastical and Social (1856) and several articles for the Edinburgh Review.