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Synopsis Criticorum Aliorumque S. Scripturae Interpretum. In five volumes 

By Matthaei Poli (Matthew Poole)

1669-1676 - London - Typis J. Flesher

16" by 10", 1247, 1027; 2050; 2178; 1630, 2022pp

 

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A scarce and early set of Poole's controversial seventeenth-century synopsis and critical interpretation of biblical commentators.

Complete in four volumes bound into five.

Contains: Vol I. Complectens libros omnes a Genesi ad Jobum -- Vol II. Complectens libros biblicos Jobi, Psalmorum, Proverbiorum, Ecclesiastis & Cantici Canticorum -- Vol III. Complectens Prophetas omnes, tum majores, tum minores, nobis dictos -- Vol IV. Complectens omnes libros Novi Testamenti & Epistolas universas et Apocalypsin.

Matthew Poole [Pole] (c.1624-1679) was a biblical commentator, known for authoring many controversial publications. The great work of Poole's life was the Synopsis criticorum aliorumque sacrae scripturae interpretum, a synopsis of the critical labours of biblical commentators. He commenced his studies for the project in 1666, and took ten years to complete it. During this time he would rise at three or four in the morning, take a raw egg at eight or nine, and another at twelve, and continue at his studies until late in the afternoon. The prospectus for the Synopsis bore the names of eight bishops and five continental scholars, besides other divines. Simon Patrick, Tillotson, and Stillingfleet, with four laymen, acted as trustees of the funds raised by subscription for the project. A royal patent for the work was granted on 14 October 1667. Four thousand copies were printed, and sold relatively quickly. The work constituted an important compendium of biblical commentary and exegesis, condensing into brief notes a great deal of study. In April 1693 the work was placed on the Roman index. The Synopsis was originally produced in Latin for a scholarly audience; afterwards Poole began a smaller series of annotations in English for a broader, less educated readership. DNB.

CONDITION

In full diced calf bindings. Externally, worn. One hinge weak, one hinge strained, and three boards detached but present. Leather coming away from the boards and spines in several places. Some loss to the leather of the spines. Copperplate ink inscriptions to the front endpapers and titlepages. Light foxing to the endpapers but otherwise generally clean. Marginal tidemarks to several pages. Small tears to the corner of the final page of Volume I and the first few pages of Volume III. Overall: GOOD ONLY.

 


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