Author: Martin Becanus
Becanus Martin, also known as Martin Van Beek, Verbeeck
and van der Beeck, was born in Hilvarenbeek on January 6,
1563. His real name was probably Schellekens. He went to Cologne
at a young age to complete his primary schooling at the Jesuit
college. In 1583 he obtained a degree in philosophy and he
joined the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits. He then
began his theological studies and became a professor of philosophy
and theology. He taught for at least 22 years at the universities
of Würzburg, Mainz and finally in Vienna. At the request
of the Emperor Matthias, he came to live in Vienna, where,
from 1620, he was the confessor of the emperor's successor
Ferdinand II, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
Martin Becanus is one of the most famous proponents of
the Counter Reformation or Catholic Reformation. The first
publication which he published in 1608, was a response addressed
to John Calvin 'Aphorismi doctrinae Jesuitarum’. His
writings were directed against Calvinism, Lutheranism and
He died on April 24 1624 in Vienna, at the age of 61.
The book: He published no fewer
than 37 books. The book that we show you was released for
the first time in 1620 under the title 'Analogia veteris et
Novi Testamenti’. More than 30 editions followed. The
book we show is dated 1752.
God's name: The divine name is clearly
reflected in the engraving next to the title page. This engraving
was made ??by Christian Friedrich Fritzsch (1719-c.1772).
This artist was an eighteenth-century German painter and engraver.
He studied engraving under his father, Christian Fritzsch
(1695-1747). Both father and son worked regularly together.
His most famous engravings are portraits of Pope Benedict
XIV, John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, and Peter Leopold.
God's name is clearly seen as the Tetragrammaton, shown
above the lamb on a book with seven seals.