See also:born at
See also:Leith on the 24th of
See also:August 18o8 . He was educated at the
See also:universities of St Andrews and
See also:Edinburgh, where he gained a lasting reputation for classical scholarship . He entered
See also:Glasgow Theological Academy under
See also:Ralph Wardlaw in
See also:September 1827, but in
See also:December of the same
See also:year he
See also:left to become classical tutor at the
See also:Blackburn Theological Academy (afterwards the
See also:College) . At Blackburn he stayed till 1831, lecturing on biblical literature,
See also:metaphysics, Greek and Latin . After
See also:short visits to Germany and
See also:London he was invited in
See also:November 1834 to become
See also:minister of
See also:North College Street
See also:church (afterwards Argyle Square), Edinburgh, an independent church which had arisen out of the evangelical
See also:movement associated with the Haldanes . He deliberately put aside the ambition to become a
See also:pulpit orator in favour of the practice of biblical exposition, which he invested with a singular charm and impressiveness . In 1836 he became one of the editors of the Congregational
See also:Magazine, to which he contributed articles on biblical literature and
See also:theology and on the " voluntary " controversy . In 184o he delivered the Congregational Lecture in London on the " Connexion and Harmony of the Old and New Testaments."
See also:Alexander took an active
See also:part in the " voluntary " controversy which ended in the Disruption, but he also maintained broad and catholic views of the spiritual relations between different sections of the Christian church . In 1845 he visited
See also:Switzerland with the
See also:object of inquiring into the religious
See also:life of the churches there . He published an account of his
See also:journey in a
See also:book, Switzerland and the' Swiss Churches, which led to an inter-
See also:change of
See also:correspondence between the Swiss and Scottish churches . In 1845 he received the degree of D.D. from the university of St Andrews . In 1861 he undertook the editorship of the third edition of
See also:Kitto's Biblical
See also:Encyclopaedia with the understanding that the whole
See also:work should be thoroughly revised and brought up to date .
See also:January 187o he became one of the
See also:committee of Old Testament revisers, and by his thorough biblical scholarship rendered exceptional service to the
See also:board; he enjoyed the work and devoted much
See also:time to it for the next fourteen years . In 1877 he became
See also:principal of the Edinburgh Theological
See also:Hall, a position which he held, in spite of many tempting offers of preferment elsewhere, until his
See also:death on the loth of December 1884 . See his Life and Work by
See also:Ross (1887) . (D . Mn.) ALEXANDER AETOLUS, of Pleuron in
See also:Aetolia, Greek poet and man of letters, the only representative of Aetolian
See also:poetry, flourished about 280 B.C . When living in Alexandria he was commissioned by
See also:Ptolemy Philadelphus to arrange the tragedies and satyric dramas in the library; some ten years later he took up his residence at the
See also:court of Antigonus Gonatas,
See also:king of
See also:Macedonia . His reputation as a tragic poet was so high that he was allotted a place in the Alexandrian tragic
See also:Pleiad; we only know the title of one
See also:play (Astragalistae) . He also wrote short epics, epigrams and elegies, the considerable fragments of which show learning and eloquence . Meineke, Analecta Alexandrina (1853);
See also:Bergk, Poetae Lyrici Graeci; Couat, La Poesie alexandrine (1882) .
WILLIAM ALEXANDER (1824— )
ALEXANDERS (botanical name, Smyrnium Olusatrum, nat...
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