Bence Jean a French theologian, was born at Rouen in 1568. He was one of the first priests of the Congregation of the Oratory, and a member of the Sorbonne, and was one of those who contributed the most, with the cardinal of Berulle, towards the establishment of this congregation in France. Bence died at Lyons, April 24, 1643. He wrote, Manuale in Sanctum Jesu Christi' Evangelium (Lyons, 1626, 1682): — Manuale in Omnes D. Pauli Apostoli Epistolas; Itidem in Septen Canonicas Epistolas (ibid. 1628-38, 1679-82). See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Landon, Eccles. Dict. s.v.