HOORNBEEK, Johannes (1617-1666). [Teshuvat Yehudah] sive, Pro convincendis, et convertendis Judaeis, libri octo. Leiden, Pieter Leffen, 1655. 4to. (8) 51 (1 blank) 57-578 (12) pp. Bound with: IDEM. De conversione Indorum & gentilium. Libri duo. Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge and the widow of Elizaeus Weyerstraten, 1669. 4to. (56) 259 (15) 260-265 pp. With engraved folding portrait of the author. Contemporary overlapping vellum.


First editions of two very important missionary works. The first work is a comprehensive treatise on the conversion of the Jews, in which Hoornbeek thoroughly examined the differences between Judaism and Christianity. In the preliminary pages he also stated his views on the place of Jews in the acts of God, the prejudices of Jews regarding Christians, and the means to convert Jews. His posthumously published De conversione Indorum & gentilium deals with the conversion of native populations of Asia and America. It is preceded by a preliminary chapter on Hoornbeek’s life by David Stuart. Hoornbeek was professor of theology at the universities of Utrecht and Leiden and a representative of Dutch orthodox Reformed theology. – Library stamp on title page.

I: Fürst I, 407.




LIGHTFOOT, John (1602-1675). Opera omnia: hac nova editione operibus ejusd. posthumis, nunquam hactenus editis, locupletata; quorum syllabus, pagina post vitam auctoris ultima, exhibetur. Johannes Leusden textum Hebraicum recensuit & emendavit. Editio secunda, priore longe correctior & emendatior. Franeker, Leonardus Strick, 1699. 2 Volumes. Folio. (frontispiece, 94) 803 (52) + (12) 940 [= 936] (60) pp. With 1 engraved folding map of the Holy Land and 2 engraved folding plans of Jerusalem and the Temple. Bound with: IDEM. Opera posthuma, antehac inedita, quorum syllabus pagina versa exhibetur; cum indice necessario. Franeker, Leonardus Strick, 1699. Folio. (6) 202 (16) pp. Contemporary overlapping vellum.


Second Latin edition of Lightfoot’s Opera omnia, bound together with the first Latin edition of his Opera posthuma. Lightfoot was a noted seventeenth-century Hebraist and biblical scholar, educated at Cambridge. He successively served as rector of Stone (Staffordshire), Ashley (Staffordshire), and Much Munden (Hertfordshire), was a member of the Westminster Assembly and master of St Catharine’s College at Cambridge, and also served as vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge for a while. From 1629 onwards he published a series of works using his extensive knowledge of the Talmud to elucidate the Scriptures. Probably best known is hisHorae Hebraicae et Talmudicae, a commentary on the New Testament extending as far as 1 Corinthians, which comments from the perspective of Judaism. The second Latin edition of Lightfoot’s Opera omnia was edited by Johannes Leusden (1624-1699) and is preceded by a memoir of his life. – Portrait missing.