Voisin, Joseph De

Voisin, Joseph de a learned French Hebraist, was born at Bordeaux, about 1610, of an ancient and honorable family. At the age of twenty he was placed in public position in his native city, but he was led by his taste for study to embrace the ecclesiastic life and was made almoner of the prince of Conti. In 1640 he produced a French translation of the Roman 'Missal, which, although issued under authority of the vicars general of the diocese of Paris, was finally condemned and placed in the Index. Voisin continued, nevertheless, to defend himself; but on the death of his protector he retired into privacy, and died in 1685. Of his writings, we notice Theologia Judaorum (Paris, 1647, 4to): — De Lege Divina (ibid. 1650, 8vo): — De Jubilaeo (ibid. 1655, 8vo): — Commentarius in New. Test. (ibid. 1659, 2 vols. 8vo), from St. Augustine, and extending only over Matthew 1. For others, see the Biographie Universelle, s.v.

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