Beer, Bernhard a Jewish writer, was born at Dresden in Saxony, July 20, 1801. Being the son of a wealthy family, he received an excellent education in the Bible and the Talmud, as well as in modern languages. In Mendelssohn's writings he found a great delight; and he regarded him as his example in life. He especially labored in behalf of his co-religionists, whose condition he tried to ameliorate. He founded societies for the benefit of his brethren, and contributed many valuable works to Jewish literature. In 1834 he took the degree of doctor of philosophy, and he was the first who preached in German in his native country. He died July 1, 1861. He wrote, besides a number of valuable contributions to different periodicals, אַמרֵי יוֹשֶׁר moral religious discourses (Leisic, 1833): — Philosophie und philosophische Schriftsteller der Juden (translated from the French of Munk, with additions and notes, ibid. 1842): — Das Leben Abrahams nach Auffissung derjudischen Sage miit erlduternden Anmerkungen (ibid.
1859): — Das Buch der Jubilaen und sein Verhaltniss zu den Midraschim (ibid. 1856-57): — Abel, in Die Orient. vol. iv: — Aaron, in Wertheimer's Jahrbuch (Wien, 1855): — Leben Mosis in the Jahrbuch fur Geschichte der Juden und des Judenthums (Leipsic, 1863, 3 vols.). See Furst, Bibl. Jud. i, 96; Kayserling, Bibliothek jidischer Kanzel'redner, ii, 99 sq.; Frankel, D. B. Beer, ein Zeit- und Lebensbild, in his Monatsschrift, 1863, p. 41 sq., 81).121, 174, 245, 285, 325, 365, 405; Wolf, Dr. B. Beer, eine biographische Skizze (Berlin, 1863); id., the preface to Beer's Leben Mosis in the Jahrbuchfiiu Geschichte der Juden (Leipsic, 1863), p. 3-10; Zuchold, Bibl. Theol. i, 91. (B. P.)