1682 · Amsterdam:
“Suicer rendered valuable service to theology by his thorough philological labors. His earliest works were text-books for students. . .finally, the celebrated Thesaurus Eccles. (Amst. 1682, 2 vols. fol.; two enlarged eds. 1728 and 1821, with supplements:—Lexicon Graco-Lat. et Lat. Gracum (1683):—and, after Suicer’s death, the Symbol, Nicaeno-Const. et ex Antiquitate Eccles. Illustratum (Traj. ad Rh. 1718, 4to.). . . .Suicer’s learning in these three works, particularly the Thesaurus, is so evident that Charles Patin, in his Travels, observes that Suicer understood more Greek than all the Greeks taken together” (McClintock & Strong, p. 12).
“For all too long, the patristic scholar has been chained to lexicons which, apart from Suicer’s ancient Thesaurus ecclesiasticus, are not professedly patristic” (O’Brien, p. 137).
After studying at Zurich, Schweitzer “finished his education at Montauban and Saumur. In 1644 he was made teacher in the schools of his native town, and was promoted to a professorship of Hebrew, and later (1660) of Greek. His philological works are valuable” (Schaff & Jackson, p. 2257).
The printer for this edition, Johann Heinrich Wettstein (1649–1726), “had an important printing and publishing business, from whose office excellent editions of the classics were issued, and also Gerard of Maestricht’s edition of the Greek Testament” (E.B., p. 564). REFERENCES: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 28, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1911; “Johann Kaspar Suicer,” available on-line at biblicaltraining.org; McClintock, John & James Strong, Cyclopaedia of biblical, theological and ecclesiastical literature, Vol. X, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1881; O’Brien, Elmer, Theology in Transition, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany: Herder, 1965; Schaff, Philip & Samuel Macauley Jackson, A Religious Encyclopaedia, Vol. 3, New York: Christian Literature, 1889. FULL TITLE: . . .Thesaurus Ecclesiasticus, e Patribus Graecis Ordine Alphabetico exhibens exhibens: Quaecunque Phrases, Ritus, Dogmata, Haereses, & hujusmodi alia spectant. Insertis infinitis pene vocibus, loquendique generibus Graecis, hactenus à Lexicographis vel nondum vel obiter saltem tractatis. . . . (Inventory #: LV2161)