Meintel, Conrad Stephen

Meintel, Conrad Stephen a German theologian, was born at Schwabach, Bavaria, in the early part of the 18th century. In his very youth he made such rapid progress in old and modern languages that he had finished in his twelfth year the reading of the Bible in the original. He studied theology at the university at Altdorf in 1745; continued in 1746 at Jena; went in 1747 home to Peternaurach, where his father was then installed as a minister of the Gospel. In 1751 he returned to Altdorf. He gained great notoriety in 1751 by means of his dissertation De locis quibusdam Jobi, in quibus celeberr. Schultens majorem lucem desideravit.

In the latter part of 1751 he went home to assist his father, and stayed there till 1754, when he went to Erlangen, and then gained great distinction by his defence of the dissertation Observationes philologico-philosophicce in Ecclesiastis septempriores versus. He was given the privilege of holding public lectures. He had hopes of a professorship, but love for his home made him return to it again, and he became an assistant of his father. He finally accepted a call from St. Petersburg, Russia, and died, as minister of the Protestant congregations at Wags sili-Ostrow, Aug. 13, 1764. A short time before his death the doctorate in divinity was given to him by the University of Krnigsberg. Besides several literary essays, he published the following.: Notae selectissimorum commentatorum Judaicorum in Psalmos Davidi ex collectione Hebraica celeberr. H. J. v. Bashuysen, Latine redditae (Suabaci. 1744, 8vo):-Cento quattro historic scelte della Biblia raccolte dal fee Sgr. Giov. Hubner ed hora tradftte de original Tedesco in Italiano (ibid. 1745, 4to).

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