Pamelius, Jacob

Pamelius, Jacob a Dutch divine of note, was born May 11, 1536, At Bruges. His father was an officer under Charles V. Jacob studied at Bruges, Louvain, Paris, and Padua. After his return to Holland the University of Louvain conferred upon him the degree of D.D., and he was given the country in his native place. He there collected a large and valuable library for a critical edition of the fathers but when the civil war broke out he left his native country and went to St. Omer, where he was appointed archdeacon. He was next provost of St. Savior's at Utrecht. While about to take possession of the bishopric of Metz, to which position he was appointed by Philip II, he died at Mens, Sept. 18, 1587. He wrote, Liturgica Latinorum (Col. 1571, 2 vols. 4to): — Catalogus commentariorum in universam Bibliam: — Commentarii in librum Judith, in epistolam Pauli ad Philimonem, besides his splendid editions of the works of St. Cyprian, Tertullian, and Rhabanus Maurus. "The commentaries of this author upon Tertullian," says Dupin, "are both learned and useful; but he digresses too much from his subject, and brings in things of no use to the understanding of his author." Dupin passes much the same judgment on Pamelius's labors on Cyprian. All the later editors of these two fathers have spoken well of Pamelius, and have transcribed his best notes into their editions. See Jocher, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexikon, 3:1214; Andreas, Bibl. Belg. p. 425; Teissier, Eloges, 2:93; Theologisches Universal-Lexikon, s.v.; Darling, Encyclop. Bibliogr. s.v. (J. H. W.)

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