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CAMPEN, JOHN VAN:

Christian professor of Hebrew at Louvain and Cracow; died at Freiburg in Breisgau Sept. 6, 1538. He compiled a Hebrew grammar from Elias Levita's work, which ran through three editions (Cracow, 1534; Paris, 1539, 1543). He also commented on Psalms in a manner to earn the praises of Hupfeld ("Psalmen," iv. 474), and attached the commentary to a paraphrase which appeared at Paris, 1533; Leyden, 1534; Basle, 1548, etc. Campen was summoned to Cracow by the prince bishop, Peter Tomiki, on very favorable conditions.

Bibliography:
  • C. Siegfried, in Allg. Deutsche Biographie, ii. 739;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 813;
  • idem, in Zeit. für Hebr. Bibl. ii. 95;
  • idem, Bibliographisches Handbuch, No. 350 (also Zusätze, p. 361);
  • F. L. Hoffmann, in Steinschneider, Hebr. Bibl. vii. 42.
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