Peters, Charles

Peters, Charles a learned English divine, was born in Cornwall near the close of the 17th century, and was educated at Exeter College, Oxford. On entering into orders he obtained the living of Boconoc. In 1727 he was made rector of St. Mabyn, Cornwall, where he died, at a very advanced age, in 1777. In his dissertation on the book of Job he displayed a deep knowledge of Hebrew, and great power of argument against Warburton. The work, which is valuable, is entitled A critical Dissertation on the Book of Job, wherein the A ccount given of that Book by the Author of the Divine Legation of Moses demonstrated [Warburton] is particularly considered, the Antiquity of the Book vindicated, the great Text (19:25) explained, and a future State shown to have been the popular Belief of the ancient Jews (2d ed. corrected, Lond. 1757, 8vo): — An Appendix to the critical Dissertation on the Book of Job, giving a further Account of the Book of Ecclesiastes; to which is added a Reply to some Notes of the late D-n of B-, in his new Edition of the Divine Legation, volume 2, part 2, by the Author of the Critical Dissertation (Lond. 1760). There are also extant Sermons, published from his MSS. by his nephew, Jon. Peters, M.A., vicar of St. Clement's, near Truro, Cornwall (Lond. 1776, 8vo). (J.H.W.)

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