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Leigh, Edward 1602-1671

Edward Leigh, English Puritan and theologian, was born at Shawell, Leicestershire. He was educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, from 1616, and subsequently became a member of the Middle Temple. In 1636 he entered parliament as membero for Stafford, and during the civil war held a colonelcy in the Parliamentary Army. He has sometimes been confounded with John Ley (1583-1662), and so represented as having sat in the Westminster Assembly. The public career of Leigh terminated with his expulsion from parliament with the rest of the Presbyterian party in 1648. From an early age he had studied theology and produced numberous compilations, the most important being the Critica Sacra, containing Observations on all Radices of the Hebrew words of the Old and the Greek of the New Testament (1639-1644; new ed., with supplement, 1662), for which the author received the thanks of the Westminster Assembly, to whom it was dedicated. His other works include Select and Choice Observations concerning the First Twelve Caesars (1635); A Treatise of Divinity (1646-1651); Annotations upon the New Testament 1650), of which a Latin translation by Arnold was published at Leipzig in 1732; A Body of Divinity (1654); A Treatise of Religion and Learning (1656); Annotations of the Five Poetical Books of the Old Testament (1657). Leigh died in Staffordshire in June 1671.

Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 32 - 1892 (see page 432)

A Biographical History of England ... , Volume 3 - 1804 (see page 105) by Rev. J. Granger
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Critica Sacra or Observations on all the Radices, or Primitive Hebrew Words of the Old Testament in order Alphabetical, Wherein both they (and many derivatives also issuing from them) are fully opened, out of the best Lexicographers and Scholiasts - 1650
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Three Diatribes or Discourses. First of travel, or A guide for travellers into forein parts. Secondly, of money or coyns. Thirdly, of measuring of the distance betwixt place and place (1671)
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