Hopkins, Ezekiel, Dd

Hopkins, Ezekiel, D.D.

An English prelate and author, was born at Sandford, Devonshire, in 1633. He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and, after holding a short time the chaplaincy to the college; he became minister of St. Mary Woolnoth, London, and later of St. Mary's, Exeter. He finally removed to Ireland with his father-in-law, lord Robartes (afterwards earl of Truro), and was made dean of Raphoe in 1669, and bishop of the same place in 1671. He was transferred to Londonderry in 1681, but in consequence of the Roman Catholic troubles in Ireland he returned to England in 1688, and was appointed minister of Aldermanbury, London, in 1689. He died June 22, 1690. In his doctrines he was a Calvinist. His works are remarkable for clearness, strength of thought, originality, and pureness of style; the most important are, Exposition of the Lord's Prayer (1691) — An Exposition of the Ten Commandments (1692, 4to) — The Doctrine of the two Covenants (London 1712, 8vo); and Works, now first collected, with Life of the Author, etc., by Josiah Pratt (London 1809, 4 vols. 8vo). See Wood, Athenae Oxonienses, vol. 2; Prince, Worthies of Devon; Chalmers, Genesis Biogr. Dict.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biogr. Géneralé, 25, 128; Darling, Cyclopedia Bibliog. 1, 1535. (J. H.W.)

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