Danz Johann Andreas

Danz Johann Andreas, a Lutheran theologian and distinguished Hebrew scholar, was born in 1654 at Sundhausen, near Gotha. He became professor at the 'University of Jena, first in the philosophical, and subsequently (1713) in the theological faculty, remaining, however, at the same time professor of the Oriental languages. He was the founder of a new school of Oriental philologists, and had the reputation of being the greatest Hebrew scholar of the age. He was intimate with Spener and Francke, but yet his private life was not beyond reproach. He died Dec. 22, 1727. The most important of his works are Compendium grammaticoe hebr. and chald. (3d edition, 1706); Rabbinisnus enucleatus (Frankf. 1761); Literator Ebraeo Chaldaeus (Jena, 1696; the first edit. had been published under the title Nucifrangibulum [nut-cracker], Jena, 1686). — —Herzog, Real-Encyklop. 19:388; Pierer, Univ.-Lex. 4:735.

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