Heidegger's Bible Handbook: Pentateuch: Roman Catholic Interpreters



ROMAN CATHOLIC: Bonfrerius,[1] Capponi,[2] Ferus,[3] Jansen,[4] Malvenda,[5] Oleaster,[6] Rupertus,[7] Serarius,[8] Steuchus,[9] the Jesuit Cornelius Hazart.[10]

[1] Pentateuchus Mosis Commentario Illustratus. Jacobus Bonfrerius (1573-1642) joined the order of the Jesuits in 1592. He enjoyed a long tenure as a professor of the Scriptures and Hebrew at Douay, France.


[2] Veritates aureæ super totam legem veterem. Serafino Capponi (1536-1614) was an Italian Dominican theologian. He wrote commentaries on large portions of the Scriptures, but he is remembered most for his commentary on Aquinas’ Summa.


[3] In totam genesim enarrationes, and Annotationes in Exodum Numeros, Deuteronomium. Johann Ferus (1495-1554) was a German Franciscan; he excelled in Biblical interpretation and preaching. In addition to his work on the Pentateuch, he wrote commentaries on Joshua, Judges, Job, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, Lamentations, Jonah, Matthew, John, Acts, Romans, and 1 John.


[4] Pentateuchus sive Commentarius in quinque libros Moysis. Cornelius Jansen (1585-1638) was a Dutch Roman Catholic. He served as Bishop of Ypres in Flanders, and was responsible for an Augustinian movement, which came to be known as Jansenism. Jansen’s opposition to the Jesuits, and adherence to Augustine, brought him no closer to Protestantism.


[5] Commentaria in Sacram Scripturam à Genesi ad Ezechielem. Thomas Malvenda (1566-1628) was a Spanish Dominican. Within his order, he was widely regarded for his abilities in philosophy and divinity.


[6] Commentaria in Pentateuchum. Jerome Olivier, or de Oleastro (died 1563), was a Portuguese Dominican monk. He was widely esteemed within his order for his abilities in Greek and Hebrew, and his intimate acquaintance with the Scriptures.


[7] Commentarii in Pentateuchum. Rupertus (1091-1135) was a learned Benedictine, Abbot of Tuits on the Rhine.


[8] Josue, ab utero ad ipsum usque tumulum, e Moysis Exodo, Levitico, Numeris, Deuteronomio, et e proprio ipsus libro, explanatus. Nicholas Serarius (1555-1610) was a Jesuit scholar. He served as Professor of Theology at the University of Mentz.


[9] Annotationes in Pentateuchum. Augustinus Steuchus (1496-1549) was an Italian Roman Catholic scholar, who served as a prior of the Canons Regular of the Lateran, the bishop of Kisamos in Crete and prefect of the Vatican Library. He brings his varied talents in languages and antiquities to bear upon exegesis.


[10] Discursus morales in selectiora loca Genesis, Exodi, Levitici, Numerorum. Cornelius Hazart (1617-1690) was a Belgian Jesuit. He spent his life contending against the spread of Calvinism in the Low Countries.

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