Godwin, Thomas, Dd

Godwin, Thomas, D.D., an English theologian, was born in Somersetshire in 1587. He entered Magdalen Hall, Oxford, in 1602, became head master of the free school of Abingdon in 1609, and afterwards rector of Brightwell, Berkshire. He died in 1643, leaving a great reputation both as a teacher and as an author. He wrote Moses and Aaron; or the civil and ecclesiastical Rites used by the ancient Hebrews, observed and at large opened for the clearing of many obscure Texts throughout the whole Scripture, etc. (London, 1685, 4to, 12th ed.); translated into Latin, Moses et Aaron, cum Hottingeri Notis (Ultraj. 1690; often reprinted): — Romanae historiae Anthologia, an English Exposition of the Roman Antiquities (Lond. 1686, 4to, 16th ed.): — Dissertatio de theocratia Israelitarum: Three Arguments to prove Election upon Foresight by Faith, a work which brought him into a controversy with the ultra-Calvinist, Dr. Twiss (q.v.). See Horne, Bibliographical Appendix; Darling, Cyclop. Bibliog. 1:1279; Allibone, Dictionary of Authors, 1:682.

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