Samuel Bochart, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Samuel Bochart

French Protestant theologian

Date of Birth: 30-May-1599

Place of Birth: Rouen, Normandy, France

Date of Death: 16-May-1667

Profession: theologian, entomologist, linguist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Samuel Bochart

  • Samuel Bochart (30 May 1599 – 16 May 1667) was a French Protestant biblical scholar, a student of Thomas Erpenius and the teacher of Pierre Daniel Huet.
  • His two-volume Geographia Sacra seu Phaleg et Canaan (Caen 1646) exerted a profound influence on seventeenth-century Biblical exegesis. Bochart was one of the several generations of antiquaries who expanded upon the basis Renaissance humanists had laid down, complementing their revolutionary hermeneutics by setting classical texts more firmly within the cultural contexts of Greek and Roman societies, without understanding of which they could never be fully understood.
  • Thus Bochart stands at the beginning of a discipline of the history of ideas that provides the modern context for all textual studies.

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