BONFRÈRE, JACQUES ° (1573–1642), Belgian Jesuit, professor of Hebrew and Bible exegesis. Bonfrère wrote a commentary on the Pentateuch (Pentateuchus Moysis commentario illustratus…, Antwerp, 1625), which has been reedited several times. The book has a strong mystical kabbalistic tendency. He also wrote a commentary on Joshua, Judges, and Ruth (Paris, 1631).
C. Sommervogel et al., Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus, 1 (1890), 1713–15; F. Secret, Les Kabbalistes chrétiens de la Renaissance (1964), 232.
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