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Balthasar Cordier

Jesuit; exegete and editor of patristic works (1592-1650)

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Cordier (CORDERIUS), B P.LTHASAR, exegete and editor of patristic works, b. at Antwerp, June 7, 1592; d. at Rome, June 24, 1650. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1612, and after teaching Greek, moral theology, and Sacred Scripture, devoted himself to translating and editing MSS. of Greek catenae and other works of the Greek Fathers, for which he searched the libraries of Europe. He published the following: (I) “Catena sexaginta quinque Patrum graecorum in S. Lucam” Antwerp, 1628); (2) “Catena Patrum graecorum m S. Joannem” (Antwerp, 1630); (3) “Joannis i’hiloponi in cap. I Geneseos … libri septem” (Antwerp, 1630); (4) “S. Cyrilli apologias morales” (Vienna, 1630); (5) “Opera S. Dionysii Areopagitae cum S. Maximi scholiis” (Antwerp, 1634); (6) “Expositio Patrum graecorum in Psalmos” (Antwerp, 1643-46); (7) “Symbol ae in Matthaeum” (2 vols., of which, however, only the second is by him; Toulouse, 1646-47); (8) “S. Dorothei archimandritae institutiones asceticie” (Antwerp, 1646); (9) “S. P. N. Cyrilli archiepiscopi Alexandrini homilies XIX in Jeremiam” (Antwerp, 1648)—in this case, as in a few others, his critical acumen was at fault; these homilies are Origen’s. He is also the author of a commentary on the Book of Job, “Job Illustratus” (Antwerp, 1646; reprinted in Migne’s “Cursus S. Scriptural”, XIII and XIV, and in Campon’s edition of Cornelius a Lapide).

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