Bate became a disciple of John Hutchinson, and was a prominent member of the Hutchinsonian school. Hutchinson was patronised by the Duke of Somerset, who allowed him to appoint Bate to the rectory of Sutton near the duke's seat of Petworth. Bate attended Hutchinson in his last illness (1737), and was associated with Robert Spearman in the publication of Hutchinson's works.
Bate died at Arundel, 20 January 1771.
Bate, in 1745, wrote a pamphlet called Remarks upon Mr. Warburton's remarks, showing that the ancients knew there was a future state, and that the Jews were not under an equal providence. It provoked William Warburton to calls him (Works, xii. 58) "Zany to a mountebank" (i.e., to Hutchinson), and to class him with Richard Grey as an "impotent railer". Bate published other pamphlets in defence of Hutchinson's mysticism, and on the corresponding interpretation of the Hebrew text. His major work is Critica Hebræa, or a Hebrew-English Dictionary without points, 1767; objection to the pointing of Hebrew was one of the characteristic tenets of the school.
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