The life of Bishop Joseph Barber Lightfoot (1828-1889): with special reference to his activity in the training of the ministry
Wilson, Donald J.
[pdf. not available]It is strange to note- that a biography of Joseph Barber Lightfoot has never been written. Hot only did, his distinguished career merit a proper memorial, but most of Lightfoot's prominent fellow Churchmen have been memorialized in biographies. The real reason for the neglect of this task was Lightfoot's expressed wish that no attempt be made to write his life. The admirable book? LLffhtfoot of Durham, according to its editors, is not a biography, "but rather...word pictures from different points of view of the Bishop" as he was known. Other biographical sources are limited by their brevity.The task of rediscovering Lightfoot's influence and of giving it proper evaluation- is somewhat further increased by the personality of the man himself. Being of shy temperament, he was most often withdrawn in his-social contactsj he laid bare his heart to few persons. He never married, a fact which seems to have enabled him to give more of his energies to the Church, and at the same time, perhaps, withheld from the world a deeper understanding of himself.Lightfoot has left the monuments of his literary works to attest his greatness. These may speak for themselves as witnesses of his lifelong study. But it is the main object of this thesis to consider his contributions to the training of the ministry, a monument of another kind.