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First Reading

A. Maranda  •  Link

Pepys relationship with Charles II

Wim van der Meij  •  Link

John Spencer, D.D. who died in 1693, was also the author of a celebrated work: 'De Legibus Hebraeorum'. His 'Discourse concerning Prodigies' first appeared in 1663; the second edition of 1665 contains likewise a 'Discourse concerning Vulgar Prophecies'. (Warrington)

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

This very learned author was, for his singular merit, elected master of Corpus Christi College in Cambridge in 1667; and was afterwards preferred to the deanery of Ely. He published a "Discourse upon Prodigies," together with another concerning Prophecies, Lond. 1665; 8vo. His " Dissertatio de Urim et Thummim," &c. was printed at Cambridge, in 8vo. 1678. But his capital work is his book "De Legibus Hebræorum," the best edition of which was published by Mr. Chappelow, in two volumes folio, 1727, to which is prefixed his head, engraved at the expence of the society of Corpus Christi College. Ob. 27 May, 1695, Æt. 63.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.

Bill  •  Link

SPENCER, JOHN (1630-1693), master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; became fellow there, c.1655; master of the college, 1667-93; M.A., 1652; D.D., 1665; was an erudite hebraist, and in his 'Dissertatio de Urim et Thummim,' 1669, and 'De Legibus Hebraeorum,' laid the foundations of the science of comparative religion, tracing the connection between the rites of the Hebrew religion and those practised by kindred Semitic races.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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