Jean Mercier (Hebraist)

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Jean Mercier, Latin Joannes Mercerus (Uzès ca. 1510 – 1570) was a French Hebraist.

He was a pupil of the less known François Vatable, and succeeded Vatable as professor of Hebrew at the Collège Royal.[1] His students included Philippe du Plessis-Mornay, and Pierre Martinius who became professor at La Rochelle. Mercier was Lecteur du Roi from 1546 onwards.[2]

He fled to Venice because of his sympathies with Protestantism, but returned to France and died of the plague.

Works[edit]

  • Aramaic grammar Tabulae in grammaticen linguae Chaldaeae (Paris, 1560)
  • Commentary on Genesis (Geneva, posthumous 1598), published by Théodore de Bèze
  • De notis Hebraeorum liber (1582), revised by Jean Cinqarbres

Translations

  • Hebrew Jonah with commentary of David Kimchi Jonas cum commentariis R. David Kimhi (1567)
  • Bishop Jean du Tillet's Italian manuscript of the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew (Paris, 1555)
  • Talmudic selections: Libellus de abbreviaturis Hebraeorum, tam Talmudicorum quam Masoritarum et aliorum rabbinorum (Paris, 1561)
  • Translation of Targum Jonathan on the Prophets
  • Notes to Santes Pagnini's Oẓar Leshon ha-Kodesh (Lyons, 1575)
  • Translation of Abraham Ibn Ezra's Commentary on the Ten Commandments (Lyons, ca. 1567)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Godfrey Edmond Silverman Encyclopedia Judaica Mercier, Jean°
  2. ^ Michel Bideaux Les échanges entre les universités européennes à la Renaissance