Rheims Gospels with Quesnel Commentary

This series includes the text of the Rheims New Testament interspersed with commentary translated from Pasquier Quesnel's Reflexions Morales sur le Nouveau Testament. The orthography of Rheims is modernized and there are some independent renderings. The work was begun by Thomas Whetenhall, or Whittenhall (d.1706?). He published the Gospel according to Matthew in 1706 (second edition, 1709). Upon Whetenhall's death, his nephew, Francis Thwaites (1638? - 1723), published similar commentaries on the Gospels of Mark and Luke (1707); and in 1709 the Gospel of John appeared, apparently edited by Thomas Southcote O.S.B. (1670-1748). It is also considered possible that the prolific Catholic author, Sylvester Jenks (1656? - 1714) had a hand in editing the work. Publication of the series is believed to have been superintended by Richard Short M. D. (1669-1708), a vocal supporter of the Jansenist philosophy which is supported by the annotations. In apparent acknowledgment of the works' controversial nature, the Advertisement at the beginning of the 1709 edition of Matthew boldly states, "As care is taken to make the English answer faithfully to the French Original, so no Alterations are made in any of the Expressions which do not suit with Opinions commonly receiv'd in England." Quesnel's work was condemned by Pope Clement XI by a decree in 1708, and later by the famous Bull Unigenitus dei filius of 1713. The works of Whetenhall et al appear to have been suppressed as a result, and copies of all the volumes in this series are now scarce.

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Title Moral / Reflections / upon the / Gospel / of /St. Matthew. / To make the Reading of it more / Profitable, and the Meditating / on it more Easie. / Translated form the French / By T. W. / Printed in the Year 1709.
Date 1709
Publisher Unknown; London?
Contents The Gospel according to St. Matthew in the Rheims Version as edited by Thomas Whetenhall, interspersed with commentary from Pasquier Quesnel translated into English.
Images Title page
References CHAMBERLIN 610 & 656
Comments This is the second edition; the first appeared in 1706.

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Title Moral / Reflections / upon the / Gospel / of /St. Mark. / To make the Reading of it more / Profitable, and the Meditating / on it more Easie. / Translated form the French / By F. T. / Printed in the Year 1707.
Date 1707
Publisher Unknown; London?
Contents The Gospel according to St. Mark in the Rheims Version as edited by Francis Thwaites, interspersed with commentary from Pasquier Quesnel translated into English.
Images: Title page
References CHAMBERLIN 610 & 668

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Title Moral / Reflections / upon the / Gospel / of /St. Luke. / To make the Reading of it more / Profitable, and the Meditating / on it more Easie. / Translated form the French / Printed in the Year 1707.
Date 1707
Publisher Unknown; London?
Contents The Gospel according to St. Luke in the Rheims Version interspersed with commentary from Pasquier Quesnel translated into English.
Images Title page
References CHAMBERLIN 610 & 674
Comments Chamberlin cites Thomas Whetenhall as the editor. Catholic historian Joseph Gillow in A Literary and Biographical History, or Bibliographical Dictionary of the English Catholics credits Francis Thwaites.

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Title Moral / Reflections / upon the / Gospel / of /St. John. / To make the Reading of it more / Profitable, and the Meditating / on it more Easie. / Translated form the French / Printed in the Year 1709.
Date 1709
Publisher Unknown; London?
Contents The Gospel according to St. John in the Rheims Version interspersed with commentary from Pasquier Quesnel translated into English. The editor is believed to be Thomas Southcote O.S.B.
Images Title page
References CHAMBERLIN 610


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