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."
- Wolf, Bibl. Hebr. No. 395, iii. 543, 956;
- Steinschneider, Hebr. Bibl. ii. 52;
- Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, ii. 218.