by SCHWEITZER, Johann Caspar (1620-1684) [alias SUICER].
Amsterdam:: Johann Heinrich Wettstein, 1682.. 2 vols. in 1. Tall 4to. [x] pp., 1476 cols.;  pp., 1602 cols.,  pp. Vol. I engraved title-page and separate printed title-page printed in red & black, engraved head and tail-pieces both vols., index; minor worming through first 10 pages Vol. I, top margin stained (just touching top of pages involved) last several pages and index Vol. II (not affecting legibility). Contemporary full vellum; soiled, spine foot torn. Theological Institute of Connecticut blind-stamps to first and last few pages. Bibliographic ink inscription. Very good. FIRST EDITION of Schweitzer�s magnum opus. �This work shows immense erudition and extensive reading of patristic literature, and is still indispensable for students of the vocabulary of the Greek Fathers and of Greek ecclesiastical institutions� (�Johann��). � �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 Z�rich, 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 pen� vocibus, loquendique generibus Graecis, hactenus � Lexicographis vel nondum vel obiter saltem tractatis�. (Inventory #: LV2161)
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