Cornelius a Lapide

Cornelius a Lapide (CORNELIS CORNELISSEN VAN DEN STEEN), a learned Roman Catholic commentator, was born about 1566 at Bocholt. in the diocese of Liege, entered the order of Jesuits, and became professor of Hebrew at Louvain, where he gave exegetical lectures for twenty years. He was then made professor at Rome, where, he died March 12, 1637. He wrote commentaries on all the books of Scripture except Job and the Psalms, which are in great esteem, more, however, from the rich material in the form of citations from the fathers than from any critical skill of his own. The commentaries on the Pentateuch and the Pauline Epistles are commonly regarded as the best. They were published at Antwerp, 1681 (10 vols. fol.); at Venice, 1730 (11 vols. fol.); and at Lyons (best edition, 1838, 11 vols. 4to). — Wetzer u. Welte, Kirchen-Lex. 2:679.

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