White, Joseph (1), Dd
White, Joseph (1), D.D.
an English clergyman and eminent Oriental scholar, was born at Stroud, in. Gloucestershire, in 1746. He was the son of a weaver, and was designed for his father's calling, but having been sent to a charity-school at Gloucester, and having made rapid advancement, he was sent by a gentleman of fortune to Oxford, where he graduated at Wadham College about 1770; became a fellow of that college in 1774, was appointed to archbishop Laud's professorship of Arabic in 1775; chosen in 1783 to preach the Bampton lecture for the following year, in the preparation of which he was assisted by Dr. Parr and Mr. Samuel Badcock; became prebendary of Gloucester in 1788; was appointed rector of Melton in 1790; became prebendary of Oxford in 1802; regius professor of Hebrew at Oxford the same year; and subsequently canon of Christ Church. He died at Oxford, May 22, 1814. He was the author of De Utilitate Linguae Arabicae in Studiis Theologicis Oratio (1776): — Testamenti Novi Libri Historici et Epistolce tans Catholicae quam Pauline, Versio Syriaca Philoxeniana, etc. (1779-1803): — A View of Christianity and Mohammedanism (Bampton Lectures) (London, 1784): — and other works of great merit.