Joncourt, Peter De

Joncourt, Peter De a French Protestant theologian, was born at Clermont towards the middle of the 17th century. A few years before the revocation of the Edict of Nantes he removed to Holland, and became pastor of Middelburg in 1678, and of La Haye in 1699. He died in the latter city in 1725. He was considered one of the best preachers of his day. He wrote Entretiens sur les differentes Methodes d'expliquer l'Ecriture et de precher de ceux qu'on appelle Cocceiens et Voetiens, etc. (Amst. 1707, 12mo): — Nouveaux entretiens, etc. (Amst. 1708, 12mo); quite a controversy resulted from this work, but Joncourt was ordered by the synod of Nimeguen to desist from his attacks, and to retract, which he did in the Lettre aux eglises Wallonnes des Pays-Bas (La Haye, 1708, 12mo): — Pensees utiles aux Chretiens de tous les etats, etc. (La Haye, 1710, 8vo): — Lettres sur les Jeux de Hasard et sur l'usage de se faire celer pour eviter une visite incommode (La Haye, 1713, 12mo), mostly against La Placette's Divers Traites sur des matieres de conscience (Amst. 1708, 12mo), and a work which gave rise to several pamphlets on this question: — Lettres critiques sur divers sujets importants de l'Ecriture Sainte (Amst. 1715, 12mo): — Entretiens sur l'etat present de la Religion en. France (La Haye, 1725, 12mo). He also published a revised edition of Clement Marot and Th. de Beza's translation of the Psalms (Amsterd. 1716, 12mo). See J.G. Walch, Biblioth. Theologica selecta, vol. 2; Journal des Savants, June, 1714, p. 579; January, 1715, p. 85; February, p. 123; Querard, La France Litteraire; Haag, La France Protestante; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Générale, 26, 901. (J.N.P.)

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