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Spencer, John
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(1630, Bocton, Kent, England, baptized Oct 31, 1630 – May 27, 1693, probably Cambridge, England), English theologian and Hebraist. He served as fellow (1655) and master (1667) of Corpus Christi College, in Cambridge, before being appointed dean of Ely (1677). His most influential work, De Legibus Hebraeorum (1685), traced the religious antiquities of the ancient Hebrews and laid the foundation for the subsequent emergence of the study of comparative religion. He was the first scholar to observe the similarities between Hebre…

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Carter, Grayson, “Spencer, John”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025665>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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