Bevan, Edwyn Robert°

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BEVAN, EDWYN ROBERT° (1870–1943), historian and philosopher. He was educated at Oxford and became lecturer in Hellenistic history and literature at King's College, London. Bevan's main publications of Jewish interest are The House of Seleucus, 2 vols. (1902) and Jerusalem under the High Priests (1904), still a standard work. He also was coeditor (with Israel Abrahams and Charles Singer) of the Legacy of Judaism (19282), to which he contributed the article on Hellenistic Judaism. Bevan was a close friend of Claude *Goldsmid-Montefiore and an active member of the Society of Christians and Jews. Paradoxically, his sister was the notorious conspiracy theorist Nesta Webster. His brother, anthony ashley bevan (1859–1933), taught Oriental languages at Cambridge University. His chief interests were Arabic and Hebrew and he wrote a commentary on the Book of Daniel (1892).

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