Bible (Abridgment)

Scope and Content

Manuscript abridgment of the Bible, entitled 'Explication abrégée de tous les livres et chapitres de la sainte bible avec des nottes sur quelques antilogies et idiotismes d'icelle', and based on the works of late 17th and early 18th century French theologians such as Richard Simon, Isaac-Louis Le Maistre de Sacy, Nicolas Le Tourneaux, and Adrien Baillet. The abridgment was made by the compiler for his son, probably in Lyons, France. The monograms JUAT and AB:RF appear frequently throughout the manuscript.

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Simon (1638-1712) was a Professor of Philosophy and a Hebrew scholar, who wrote commentaries on the language of the Bible. Isaac-Louis (Le Maistre) de Sacy (1613-1684) was a scripture translator and commentator, and director of the Port Royal Monastery. He was imprisoned for three years in the Bastille for his Jansenist opinions, and translated the Bible during his captivity (1666-1670). Nicolas le Tourneux (1640-1686) was Prior of Villiers sur Fere, and a respected theologian. Adrien Baillet (1649-1706) was a theologian and the librarian to Francois-Chrétien de Lamoignon.


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Acquisition Information

Given by the New College, Hampstead, 1960.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

10¼" x 7¼"

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

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