NOEL ALEXANDRE (NATALIS
See also:born at
See also:Rouen on the 19th of
See also:January 1639 . In his 15th
See also:year he joined the
See also:Dominicans, and shortly after his ordination was appointed
See also:professor of philosophy at the convent of
See also:Saint-Jacques in
See also:Paris . The success of his subsequent lectures at the
See also:Sorbonne led to his selection by
See also:Colbert as tutor to his son, Jacques Nicolas Colbert, afterwards archbishop of Rouen . Alexandre obtained the degree of
See also:doctor in divinity from the Sorbonne in 1675 and for twelve years taught philosophy,
See also:theology and ecclesiastical
See also:law to the members of the Saint-Jacques community . He played a prominent
See also:part in ecclesiastical affairs and preached several times before
See also:Louis XIV., who granted him an
See also:annual pension of 800 livres, and in the general assemblies of the French bishops . He became provincial of his
See also:order in 1706, but was banished to
See also:Chatellerault in 1709 for having subscribed to the Cas de
See also:conscience (1703), and was deprived of his pension in 1713 on account of his opposition to the bull Unigenitus . He died in Paris on the 21st of
See also:August 1724, having lost his sight some
See also:time before owing to his strenuous
See also:literary activity . His numerous
See also:works are still much valued by ecclesiastical students . His best-known
See also:work, the Selecta historiae ecclesiasticae capita, et in loco ejusdem insignia dissertationes historicae, chronologicae, dogmaticae (26 vols., Paris, 1676-1686), was placed on the
See also:Index by Innocent XI., on account of his bold defence of the Gallican claims . In 1689 he brought out at Paris his
See also:history of the Old Testament: Selecta historiae Veteris Testamenti capita, &c., in 6 vols . Of the numerous
See also:editions of Alexandre's ecclesiastical history the best is that of P . J .
D . Mansi, which contains many valuable notes and additions (11 vols.,Lucca, 1749) and has been frequently reprinted . Alexandre's
See also:principal contribution to theological literature is his Theologia dogmatica et moralis secundum ordinem catechismi concilii Tridentini (to vols., Paris, 1694), in which he clearly shows himself a
See also:disciple of the Thomist school . His Conformite
See also:des ceremonies chinoises avec l'idoldtrie grecque et romaine and
See also:Sept lettres sur
See also:les ceremonies de la Chine (both published at Cologne in 1700) are interesting as they mark him out as a
See also:pioneer in the study of
See also:comparative religion . See
See also:Catalogue complet des suvres du Pere Alexandre (Paris, 1716) ; Quetif-Echard, Scriptores ordinis praedicatorum (Paris, 1719-1721), t. n. p . 810; and full bibliography in A . Vacant,
See also:Diet. de theologse (scholarly article by P . Mandounet, cols . 769-772) .
ALEXANDERS (botanical name, Smyrnium Olusatrum, nat...
ALEXANDRETTA, or ISKANDERUN (med. Scanderoon)
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