Parker, Samuel (2)

Parker, Samuel (2), son of bishop Samuel Parker, was an excellent scholar, but a man of singular modesty. He married a bookseller's daughter at Oxford. where he resided, and appears to have had a situation in the Bodleian Library. Parker declined taking the oaths at the Revolution, and therefore did not enter into orders. He published Bibliotheca Biblica; being a Commentary upon all the Books of the Old and New Testaments, gathered out of the genuine Writings of Fathers and ecclesiastical Historians, and Acts of Councils down to the Year of our Lord 451, etc.; comprehending the proper allegorical, or mystic, and moral Import of the Text, etc. [anonymous] (Oxf. 1720, etc., 5 vols. 4to). This is a commentary of profound learning and research. It is to be regretted that it was not carried beyond the Pentateuch: — An Abridgment of the Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius. His son founded the bookselling establishment at Oxford which still remains in the family.

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