Robert De' Nobili
Robert De' Nobili
    Robert de' Nobili
     Catholic_Encyclopedia Robert de' Nobili
    Born at Montepulciano, Tuscany, September, 1577; died at Mylapore, India, in 1656. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1597, at Naples, and after a brilliant course of studies sailed for the Indian mission in October, 1604, arriving at Goa, 20 May, 1605. After a short stay at Cochin and the Fishery Coast, he was sent in November, 1606, to Madura to study Tamil. Within a year he had acquired a complete mastery of Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit. In his zeal to convert the Brahmins he adopted their mode of life and so had to cut himself off completely from intercourse with his fellow missionaries. He worked in Madura, Mysore, and the Karnatic till old age and almost complete blindness compelled him to retire to Mylapore. (For an account of his missionary methods see MALABAR RITES.) De' Nobili translated into Sanskrit or composed therein many prayers and several longer works, especially an abridgment of Christian Doctrine and a life of Our Lady, in Sanskrit verse. Nearly all these productions were lost during his imprisonment in Madura (1639-41). His principal work in Tamil is his "Larger Catechism", in four books, printed after his death (partly reprinted, Trichinopoly, 1891-1906). It is a course of theology adapted to the needs of the country. In addition he wrote: "A Treatise on the Eternal Life", "A Dialogue on the Faith", "A Disproof of Transmigration", "A Manual of Rules of Perfection", numerous hymns and several instructions not yet edited, two small catechisms still in actual use, "The Science of the Soul", and many prayers. He translated into Telugu several of his Tamil works, among them the two small catechisms. In Tamil and Telugu he enriched the vocabulary with appropriate Christian terms.
    BERTRAND, La Mission du Madure (Paris, 1847); Lettres edifiantes, Collection Martin, II, 263-66; for the pseudo-Veda, or rather pseudo-Veda hoax, see Asiatic Researches, XIV (London, 1818), 35; pseudo-Vedas seem clearly a non-Christian production; for diatribes on de' Nobili, see D'ORSAY, Portuguese Discoveries (London, 1893), 254-58.
    Transcribed by Joseph E. O'Connor

The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VIII. — New York: Robert Appleton Company. . 1910.

Catholic encyclopedia.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Nobili, Robert de' — • Missionary to India (1577 1656) Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • De Nobili, Robert — (1577–1656)    Missionary.    De Nobili was born in Montepulciano, Italy. He joined the Jesuit Order in 1596 and in 1605 he arrived in India. Unlike the missionaries of the time, he adapted himself to Indian culture. He learned Sanskrit and he… …   Who’s Who in Christianity

  • Roberto de Nobili — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Nobili. Roberto de Nobili (en brahme indien) Roberto de Nobili, né à Rome (Italie) en septembre …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Roberto de Nobili — (1577 – 16 January 1656) was an Italian Jesuit missionary to Southern India. He used a novel method of adaptation (accommodatio) to preach Christianity, adopting many local customs of India which were, in his view, not contrary to Christianit …   Wikipedia

  • Roberto de Nobili — Pater Roberto de Nobili; zeitgenössischer Stich Roberto de Nobili (* September 1577 in Montepulciano, Italien; † 16. Januar 1656 in Mylapore bei Madras, Indien) war ein Jesuit, Indienmissionar und Sprachwis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Robert Fortune (metteur en scène) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Robert Fortune (homonymie). Robert Fortune Activité principale Metteur en scène de théâtre et d opéra Sommaire …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Robert MAGGIORI — (né le 13 avril 1947 à Osimo, dans les Marches, Italie) est un philosophe, éditeur, traducteur et journaliste français contemporain d origine italienne. Sommaire 1 Biographie 2 Travaux …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Robert Maggiori — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Maggiori. Robert Maggiori au Salon du livre de Paris en mars 2010 Robert Maggiori (n …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Les Sorcieres de Salem (film) — Les Sorcières de Salem (film) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Salem. Les Sorcières de Salem …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Les sorcières de salem (film) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Salem. Les Sorcières de Salem …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”