Mario di Calasio
and lexicographer, born at Calasio in the Kingdom of Naples
about 1550; died at Rome
, 1 February, 1620. Having entered the Franciscan Order
, he devoted himself to the study of Hebrew with such success that the pope
called him to Rome
, where he taught Hebrew in the Franciscan convents
of Ara Coeli and San Pietro in Montorio. Calasio enjoyed the special favour of Paul V
who made him his confessor and bestowed upon him all the titles and privileges
generally accorded to doctors
. When he was dying he caused
the Passion to be read to him and expired while chanting
the Psalms of David
in Hebrew. Calasio's reputation
as a scholar in the Semitic
languages rests mainly upon his "Concordantiae Sacrorum Bibliorum Hebraicorum" which was published at Rome
in 1622, two years after his death. Another, though inferior, edition of the same work appeared at London
in 1747. Besides this work Calasio wrote a "Dictionarium Hebraicorum" and "Canones Generales linguae sanctae".
APOLLINAIRE in Vig., Dict. de la Bible (Paris, 1899), II, 54-55.
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Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. November 1, 1908. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.
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