Burmann, Franciscus son of a Protestant minister, was born in 1632 at Leyden, where he received his education. Having officiated to a Dutch congregation at Hanau, in Hessen, he returned to his native city, and was nominated regent of the college in which he had before studied. Not long afterward he was elevated to the professorship of divinity at Utrecht, where he died November 10,1679, having established considerable reputation as a linguist, a preacher, and a philosopher. His works include (in Dutch) Commentaries on the Pentateuch (Utrecht, 1660, 8vo, and 1668, 4to): Commentaries on Joshua, Ruth, and Judges (Ibid. 1675, 4to): — Commentaries on Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (Amst. 1683, 4to): — Commentary on the Book of Samuel (Utrecht, 1678, 4to). He also wrote, in Latin, Synopsis Theoilgica (Amst. 1699, 2 vols. 4to), and other works. — Biog. Univ. 6, 327; Landon, Eccl. Dict. s.v.