, (1804–1879), was a British shorthand
writer and biblical scholar, notable for his publications and work with the Religious Tract Society
Gurney was the eldest son of William Brodie Gurney
, and was born in London
on 15 October 1804.
He first attended an important committee of the House of Commons
in 1822, and continued to take notes till 1872. On his father's resignation in 1849, he was appointed shorthand writer to the Houses of Parliament
. Like his father, he manifested a great interest in religious and philanthropic movements. He was for more than fifty years a member of the committee of the Religious Tract Society, and latterly its treasurer. He was also treasurer of the Baptist college in Regent's Park
. He was well versed in biblical criticism and devoted much time to bringing out popular commentaries on the Bible
. The best known of these was The Annotated Paragraph Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments according to the authorised version, with explanatory Notes, Prefaces to the several Books, and an entirely new selection of references to parallel and illustrative Passages
, two vols., London, 1850–60, published by the Religious Tract Society. It was very successful, and received high praise from scholars of repute. The notes were prepared by competent men under Gurney's supervision.
Besides two or three other bibles, he brought out The......