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Erpenius, Thomas
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(van Erpe; Sep 9, 1584, Gorkum – Nov 13, 1624, Leiden), orientalist. He studied theology at Leiden and, encouraged by J.J. Scaliger, devoted himself to oriental languages. In 1608, he went to England and France (Paris) to study Arabic. In 1613, he obtained the chair of Arabic in Leiden; and in 1619, he was also appointed professor of Hebrew there. He worked as a translator for the government of the Republic. In 1616, he published the editio princeps of the Arabic NT, printed in his own publishing house. After his death, the publishing house was sold to Isaac Elzevir. His frien…

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van der Wall, Ernestine G.E., “Erpenius, Thomas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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