Chrysost[omus] Hom[ilia] XVII. *
Haec paucula Praestantissimo & Doctissimo
Transylv[aniae] Delegato, ac *] huius libri possessori
scribebat, cum votis ardentissimis
B. Pictetus Eccl[esiae] Gen[eviensis] Past[or] & S. S.
19. Junii An. 1719. Geneva
* St. John Chrysostom, Homilia 17 (de
capto Eutropi) PG 52.397.
* The words
„Ecclesiae Transylvaniae Delegato ac…” were deleted.
When the Church is assailed she conquers: when snares are laid for
her she prevails: when she is insulted her prosperity increases:
she is wounded yet sinks not under her wounds; tossed by waves yet
not submerged; vexed by storms yet suffers no shipwreck; she
wrestles and is not worsted, fights but is not vanquished.
St. John Chrysostom, 17th Homily
This trifle was written to
emissary of Transylvanian church, and]
the eminent and learned possessor of this book, with sincere best
B. Pictetus, pastor of the church of Geneva,
and professor of theology
In Geneva, on June 19, 1719.
213. Geneva, June 19, 1719
(1655-1724), Swiss Reformed
Benedict Pictet was born on May 30, 1655 in an ancient family of
Geneva, a son of the senator and councillor (syndicus) Andreas
Pictet. He was educated by his uncle on his mother's side,
François Turrettini (1623-1687), then at the age of 20 he
travelled, with the later Geneva professor Antoine Léger (1652-1719) throughout France, the Netherlands and
England. He graduated in Leiden, under the chairmanship of Friedrich Spanheim (1632-1701).
After returning home he became preacher in Geneva. In 1686 he
followed his uncle in the office of professor of theology, and
from 1710 he was also the pastor of the Italian community. He
became a member of the English Society for the Propagation of the
Gospel in 1706, and of the Society of Science of Berlin in 1714.
He died on June 10, 1724. His most important works are: Traité contre l'indifference des religions,
Neuchâtel, 1692. Genf, 1716. – La morale chrétienne, ou l'art
de bien vivre. Genf, 1693, 1696. 8 tom. – De consensu, ac
dissensu inter reformatos, & Augustanae confessionis fratres,
dissertatio. Amsterdam, 1697. – Medulla theologiae
christianae didacticae et elenchticae. Genf, 1711. –
Medulla ethicae christianae. Genf, 1711. 1712. – Of his
Dissertation sur les temples, leur dedicace et plusieurs choses
qu'on y voit (Genf, 1716) our Library keeps a unique copy
provided with thick handwritten annotations by the author himself,
probably prepared for a never realised second edition.
The deleted words of the dedication indicate that
Benedict Pictet regarded the owner of the album as an emissary of
the Reformed church of Transylvania: Ecclesi[arum] [?]
Transylv[aniae] Delegato, ac … – A correction in the same vein
can be seen in the dedication of Jean Alphonse Turrettini, written
in the same day (p. 249).
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