Biography of Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples

This article contains a concise biographical timeline for Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples (c.1455-1536). He authored a French version of the New Testament that went on to be the basis of all other French New Testaments.

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c.1455 – He is born at Étaples, in Picardy.

before 1486 – He visits Italy and hears the lectures of John Argyropulus.

1492 – He visits Italy and studies in Florence, Rome, and Venice. He publishes Paraphrases of the Whole of Aristotle’s Natural Philosophy.

1494 – He publishes Introduction to the Metaphysics and Introduction to the Nicomachean Ethics.

1496 – He publishes Logical Introductions.

1506 – He publishes Politics.

1507 – He takes residence in the Benedictine Abbey of St Germain des Prés, near Paris.

1509 – He publishes Quintuplex Psalterium: Gallicum, Romanum, Hebraicum, Vetus, Conciliatum.

1512 – He publishes S. Pauli Epistolae xiv. ex vulgata editione, adjecta intelligentia ex Graeco cum commentariis.

1517 – He publishes De Maria Magdalena et triduo Christi disceptatio.

1520 – He leaves Paris and moves to Meaux.

1523 – He becomes vicar-general to Bishop Briconnet. He also publishes his French version of the New Testament.

1525 – He is taken captive at the battle of Pavia. He is released some months later and issues Le Psautier de David.

1526 – He becomes the royal librarian at Blois.

1528 – He publishes his version of the Pentateuch.

1530 – He publishes his complete version of the Bible.

1531 – He takes refuge from persecution in Nérac.

1533 – He receives a visit from John Calvin.

1536 – He dies in Nérac.

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One Comment on “Biography of Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples

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