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BECK, MATTHEW FREDERICK:

German Orientalist and divine; born May 22, 1649; died Feb. 2, 1701. He studied Oriental languages under Vossius in Jena, and settled as a preacher at Augsburg. He published a translation of the Targum on Chronicles, 1630-33, and translated, but did not publish, several other works from the Hebrew; e.g., the travels of Benjamin of Tudela and Pethahiah of Regensburg, and Abravanel's commentaries on two of the Prophets. Among his published works was also "Monumenta Antiqua Judaica Augustæ Vindelicorum Reperta."

Bibliography:
  • Wolf, Bibl. Hebr. No. 395, iii. 543, 956;
  • Steinschneider, Hebr. Bibl. ii. 52;
  • Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, ii. 218.
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