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Lot 1053: 2V Jean Frederic Ostervald THE HOLY BIBLE CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS 1783 Antique Theology History Plates
by National Book Auctions
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, and the Apocrypha: with Annotations Theological, Moral, Critical, Historical, and Explanatory: and Practical Observations at the End of Each Chapter; Composed by the Late Reverend Mr. Ostervald, Professor of Divinity, and One of the Ministers of the Church of Neufchatel in Switzerland. The Whole Intended to Instruct, Edify, and Confirm the Reader in the Faith, and Practice of a Christian.
Author: Jean Frederic Ostervald - Jean-Frederic Osterwald (or Ostervald) was a Swiss Protestant pastor.
He was born at Neuchatel in 1663 in a patrician family, a son of the Reformed pastor Johann Rudolf Ostervald. He was educated at Zurich and at Saumur (where he graduated), studied theology at Orleans under Claude Pajon, at Paris under Jean Claude and at Geneva under Louis Tronchin, and was ordained to the ministry in his native place in 1683.
He spent most of his life at Neuchatel, first as a diacon, then from 1699 a pastor, and finally he was elected deacon. Besides this he gave lectures at the academy of theology. As preacher, pastor, lecturer and author, he attained a position of great influence in his day, he and his friends, J. A. Turretini of Geneva and S. Werenfels (1657-1740) of Basel, forming what was once called the Swiss triumvirate. He was thought to show a leaning towards Socinianism and Arminianism.
His innovative proposals embraced dogmatics, exegesis (his important translation of and commentary on the Bible), liturgy (Bible reading instead of preaching), hymnology and moral theology (importance of good deeds and moral life). His writings had a great influence, bearing spiritual renewal among Waldensian, Dutch, German, Hungarian and Scandinavian Protestants. Moreover, the English Royal Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts – of which he was a member – brought his teachings to the countries of the Middle East, India, Canada and the West-Indian Islands. His highly influential oeuvre was later called "the second Reformation".
In August 1746 he had a stroke in the pulpit. He died in Neuchâtel on 14 April 1747 after 61 years of service. His pastor's office was inherited by his son Jean Rodolphe (1687-1764). (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Printed by and for John Harrison
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 10.5" Height: 17.25"
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes, in full leather with six raised bands and gilt lettering to the spines, have separating and separated boards. Volume I has a separated front board and separating rear board, and Volume II has two separated boards. The volumes display rubbing, scuffing, and moisture to their exteriors. The endpapers of these volumes display toning, foxing, and moisture. The title page of the first volume displays a tear at the fore edge, which intrudes into one word of the title. Each volume is illustrated with a number of engraved plates depicting biblical scenes. The interiors of these volume display foxing, moisture markings, scattered soiling, and closed edge tears. A number of separated plates are laid in near the rear of the first volume.
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