Immanuel Tremelius

Cranmer's Hebrew Scholar

TREMELLIUS, Immanuel.Grammatica Chaldea et Syra (Geneva, 1569)

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Immanuel Tremellius (1510?80) converted to Catholicism from Judaism in 1540 via Cardinal Pole but a year later left the Church of Rome for Protestantism. He was invited to England by Thomas Cranmer in 1547, succeeding Paul Fagius as King’s Reader of Hebrew at Cambridge in 1549. His translation of the Bible from Hebrew and Syriac into Latin was for a long time the standard Latin translation for Protestant scholars. This grammar appeared in 1569, the same year as his edition of the New Testament with the Syriac text and Latin Translation, of which the library has several early editions.