James Hope Moulton

James Hope Moulton

James Hope Moulton

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Reverend James Hope Moulton, born on 11 October 1863, and died at sea on 9 April 1917, was an English non-conformist divine.


His family had a strong Methodist background. His father was the first headmaster of the Leys School, Cambridge where James was one of the first students. After attending King's College, Cambridge, he chose to become a Wesleyan minister. He showed a strong talent for academic studies, and the University of Manchester invited him to teach Classical Greek and other languages. He was also teaching at the Didsbury College, a Baptist Seminar outside Manchester. He was friend of James Frazer, the Scottish social anthropologist.Frazer, J. (2005) Selected Letters of Sir J.G. Frazer. Oxford University Press He developed a strong interest in Zoroastrianism, one of the world's oldest known monotheistic religions. Over the course of his life he published many books and papers, mainly focused on Zoroastrianism and the Greek texts that the Bible is derived from. He was a Prison Chaplain at Preston for some time around 1910.

In 1916 he decided to take advantage of the academic lull of World War I and spend a long spell in India, to serve as a Methodist missionary and to research & lecture on Zoroastrianism in one of its traditional homelands. This was not an easy time for James, as his wife had...
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