Hentenius was a Flemish
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Dominican Order
The Order of Preachers , after the 15th century more commonly known as the Dominican Order or Dominicans, is a Catholic religious order founded by Saint Dominic and approved by Pope Honorius III on 22 December 1216 in France...

 Biblical exegete.


When quite young he took the vows of religion in the Hieronymite Order in Spain, but left it about 1548 to enter the Dominican Order at Leuven (French: Louvain), where he had gained a name at the university for scholarship. In 1550 he began to teach in the Dominican convent of that city, in which he became Regent of Studies three years later. He was made Defender of the Faith
Defender of the Faith
Defender of the Faith may refer to:*Fidei defensor , a title of several European Christian monarchs.*Defender of the Faith, a title of the heads of the ruling Solomonic dynasty of the former Ethiopian Empire....

 and inquisitor
An inquisitor was an official in an Inquisition, an organisation or program intended to eliminate heresy and other things frowned on by the Roman Catholic Church...

 in 1556.

While prior
Prior is an ecclesiastical title, derived from the Latin adjective for 'earlier, first', with several notable uses.-Monastic superiors:A Prior is a monastic superior, usually lower in rank than an Abbot. In the Rule of St...

 of the Leuven convent he was chosen by the theological
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 faculty of the university to take the place of John Hessel, Regius Professor of Sentences, who had been sent by the king to the Council of Trent
Council of Trent
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, and was teaching at the university in 1565. Quétif and Échard
Jacques Échard
Jacques Échard was a French Dominican and historian of the order.As the son of a wealthy official of the king he received a thorough classical and secular education. He entered the Dominican Order at Paris and distinguished himself for his assiduity in study...

 (Script. Ord. Præd., II, 195-6) say that he was praised by the writers of his century, especially by William Seguier
William Seguier
William Seguier , was a British art dealer, painter, and official functionary in the art world. He was the first Keeper of the National Gallery, London.-Early life:...

 in "Laur. Beig.", pt. I, 5 Dec., no. I, p. 57.


His principal writings are:
  • "Biblia Latina ad vetustissima exemplaria castigata" (Louvain, 1547, and many times elsewhere);
  • "Commentaria in quatuor Evangelia", consisting of commentaries by John Chrysostom
    John Chrysostom
    John Chrysostom , Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father. He is known for his eloquence in preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic...

     and other early writers collected by Euthymius Zigabenus
    Euthymius Zigabenus
    Euthymius Zigabenus or Zigadenus or Zygadenus was a 12th century monk and commentator on the Bible. He was a friend of the Byzantine emperor Alexius I Comnenus, for whom he wrote a lengthy work on heresies, Panoplia Dogmatica or Panoply. This began in the apostolic era and continued down to the...

    and interpreted by Hentenius (Louvain, 1544);
  • "Enarrationes in Acta Apost. et in Apocalypsin" (Louvain, 1845, and repeatedly elsewhere);
  • the same work, together with commentaries on the Epistles, as "Œcumenii commentaria in Acta Apost. etc." (Paris, 1631).
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