Rederic George Kenyon (1863-1952)


An English scholar and administrator. After his studies in Oxford, he entered the as an assistant in the Department of Manuscripts. In 1898 he was named assistant keeper of manuscripts, and in 1909, director. He held this post until 1930. He edited Volumes 1 (1893), 2 (1898), and 3 (1907, with H. I. Bell) of Papyri in the Museum and many books on the text of the New Testament, notably The Text of the Bible: A Student’s Handbook (London, 1937; 2nd ed., 1949).

After his retirement, he worked on Beatty’s collection of biblical papyri, cataloged in The Beatty Biblical Papyri (8 vols., London, 1933-1941).


  • Bell, H.I. “Frederic George Kenyon.” Dictionary of National Biography, pp. 576-78. London, 1971.