Bleek, Friedrich, a distinguished German theologian, born July 4, 1793, at Arensbok in Holstein, died at Bonn Feb. 27, 1859. He studied theology at the universities of Kiel and Berlin; in the latter place under De Wette, Schleiermacher, and Neander. In 1818 he commenced giving theological lectures at Berlin, was appointed in 1823 extraordinary professor, and in 1829 ordinary professor at the University of Bonn. His writings are especially distinguished for keenness of investigation. His principal work is Der Brief an die Hebraer, a German translation of and commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews (Berl. 1828-40, 4 vols). In another work, Beitrige zur Evangelienhitik (Berl. 1846), he defended the authenticity of the Gospel of John against the attacks of the Tibingen school. Besides these two larger works, Bleek wrote many valuable articles for theological journals. Several important works of Bleek were published after his death, viz.: Introd. to the O.T. (Binleit. in das A. T.; ed. by J. F. Bleck and A. Kamphausen, Berl. 1860); Introd. to the N.T. (Einlit. in das JV. T.; ed. by J.F. Bleek, Berl. 1862); Comm. on three first Gospels (Synopt. Erklarung der drei ersten Evang.; ed. by H. Holtzman, Lpz. 1862); Lect. on the
Revelation (Vorlesungen uiber die Apoc.; ed. by Th. Hossbach, Berl. 1862).-Herzog, Supplem. i, 207.