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Ian Theodor Beelen

Exegete and Orientalist (1807-1884)

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Beelen, IAN THEODOR, exegete and Orientalist, b. at Amsterdam, January 12, 1807; d. at Louvain, March 31, 1884. After a brilliant course of studies at Rome, crowned by the Doctorate of Theology, he was in 1836 appointed Professor of Sacred Scripture and Oriental languages in the recently reorganized Catholic University of Louvain. This position he held till 1876, when he resigned his place to his pupil, Prof. T. J. Lamy. He was the author of the following Biblical works, among which his commentary on the Epistle to the Romans is especially esteemed: “Dissertatio theologica qua sententiam . . esse S. Scripturae muitiplicem interdum sensum litteralem, nullo fundamento satis firmo niti demonstrare conatur” (Louvain, 1845); “Interpretatio ep. S. Pauli ad Philip.” (ib., 1849; 2nd ed., ib., 1852, entitled: Commentarius in ep. S. Pauli ad Philip.); “Commentarius in Acta Apost.”, with Greek and Latin text (2 vols., ib., 1850-55; 2nd ed., without Greek and Latin texts, ib., 1864); “Commentarius in ep. S. Pauli ad Rom.” (ib., 1854); “Grammatica gricitatis N. T.” (ib., 1857); and in Dutch, “Rules for a new Translation of the N. T.” (Louvain, 1858); a translation of the N. T. made in accordance with these rules (3 vols., ib., 1859-69); “The Epistles and Gospels of the Ecclesiastical Year”, with annotations (ib., 1870); translation of the Psalms, with annotations (2 vols., ib., 1877-78); translation of Proverbs and of Ecclesiasticus (ib., 1879). He also published two works in the field of Oriental scholarship: “Chrestomathia rabbinica et chaldaica (3 vols., Louvain, 1841-43); and “Clementis Rom. epistolae binge de Virginitate, syriace” (ib., 1856), in which he defends the genuineness of these two letters. Beelen also deserves the credit of reviving Oriental studies in Belgium, and of introducing into that country Oriental printing by means of a complete font of Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic type, which he purchased. In recognition of his merits as a scholar he was made domestic prelate of the pope, consultor of the Congregation of the Index, honorary canon of Liege, and Knight of the Order of Leopold.

F. BECHTEL


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