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Hupfeld, Hermann

HUPFELD, HERMANN (1796-1866), German Orientalist and Biblical commentator, was born on the 31st of March 1796 at Marburg, where he studied philosophy and theology from 1813 to 1817; in 1819 he became a teacher in the gymnasium at Hanau, but in 1822 resigned that appointment. After studying for some time at Halle, he in 1824 settled as Priiiatdoccnt in philosophy at that university, and in the following year was appointed extraordinary professor of theology at Marburg. There he received the ordinary professorships of Oriental languages and of theology in 1827 and 1830 respectively; thirteen years later he removed as successor of Wilhelm Gesenius (1786-1842) to Halle. In 1865 he was accused by some theologians of the Hengstenberg school of heretical doctrines. From this charge, however, he successfully cleared himself, the entire theological faculty, including Julius Miiller (1801-1878) and August Tholuck (1799-1877), bearing testimony to his sufficient orthodoxy. He died at Halle on the 24th of April 1866.

His earliest works in the department of Semitic philology ( Exercitationes Aelhiopkae, 1825, and De emendanda ratione lexicographiae Semiticae, 1827) were followed by the first part (1841), mainly historical and critical, of an Ausfuhrliche Hebraische Grammatik, which he did not live to complete, and by a treatise on the early history of Hebrew grammar among the Jews (De rei grammaticae apud Judaeos initiis antiquissimisque scriptoribus, Halle, 18^6). His principal contribution to Biblical literature, the exegetical and critical Ubersetzung und Auslegung der Psalmen, began to appear in 1855, and was completed in 1861 (2nd ed. by E. Riehm, 1867-1871, 3rd ed. 1888). Other writings are Vber Begrijf und Methode der sogenannten biblischen Einleitung (Marburg, 1844); De primitiva et vera feslorum apud Hebraeos ratione (Halle, 1851-1864); Die Quellen der Genesis von neuem unlersucht (Berlin, 1853); Die heutige theosophische oder mythologische Theologie und Schrifterkldrung (1861).

See E. Riehm, Hermann Hup/eld (Halle, 1867); W. Kay, Crisis Hupeldiana (1865); and the article by A. Kamphausen in Band viii. of Herzog-Hauck's Realencyklopadie (1900).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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