Author:William Robertson Smith

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William Robertson Smith
Scottish orientalist, Old Testament scholar, professor of divinity, and minister of the Free Church of Scotland
This author wrote articles for the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica.
Articles attributed to this author are designated in EB1911 by the initials "W. R. S."
This author wrote articles for the Dictionary of National Biography, and the list on this page is complete to 1901.
Articles written by this author are designated in the DNB by the initials "W. R. S."
William Robertson Smith


  • Encyclopædia Britannica, Ninth Edition, editor (1880-1889), with Thomas Spencer Baynes, and also an article author
  • The Old Testament in the Jewish Church (Edinburgh: A. & C. Black 1881); second edition (London 1892).
  • The Prophets of Israel and their place in history, to the close of the 8th century B.C. (Edinburgh: A. & C. Black 1882), reprinted with introduction and notes by T. K. Cheney (London: A. & C. Black 1895).
  • Kinship and Marriage in Early Arabia (Cambridge University 1885); second edition, with additional notes by the Author and by Professor Ignaz Goldziher, Budapest, and edited by Stanley A. Cook (London: A. & C. Black 1903); reprint 1963 Beacon Press, Boston.
  • Lectures on the Religion of the Semites. Fundamental Institutions. First Series (London: Adam & Charles Black 1889); second edition, edited by J. S. Black (1894); reprint 1956 Meridian Library, New York.
  • Lectures on the Religion of the Semites. Second and Third Series, edited with an introduction by John Day (Sheffield Academy 1995).
  • "Bedwell, William," in Dictionary of National Biography, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., (1885–1900) in 63 vols.

Pamphlets: Heresy Trial[edit]

  • "Answer to the form of libel" (Edinburgh: Douglas 1878).
  • "Additional answer to the libel" (Edinburgh: Douglas 1878).
  • "Answer to the amended libel" (Edinburgh: Douglas 1879).
  • "An open letter to principal Rainy" (Edinburgh: Douglas 1880).

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Works about Smith[edit]

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