Bel (or Belius), Matthias

Bel (Or Belius), Matthias, a Lutheran theologian and historian, was born at Otsova, in Hungary, March 24, 1684. He studied at Halle, and, after his return to his native country, he obtained the position of rector of the Protestant schools at Neusohl. He afterwards became historiographer of the emperor Charles VI. He died Aug. 29, 1749, being at the time a member of the London, Berlin, and St. Petersburg academies of sciences. His works, published in the Bohemian language, represent the translations of Arndt, Thomas Kempis, and other asceticalworks. He likewise prepared a translation of the N.T. He also wrote, in Latin, Prodromus fungarics Antiques et Hodiernem (Nuremberg, 1723): — Notitia Hungarics Novas Historico-geographica (Vienna, 1735-42): — De Vetere Litteratura Hunno-Scythica Exercitatio (Leipsic, 1718): — Amplissime Historico-critica Prsefationes in Scriptores' Rerum Hungaricarum. See Jocher, Allgemeines Gelehrten - Lexikon, s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v. (B. P.)

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