Frans van Ravelingen (1539 - 1597)

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Nicknames: "Raphelinghen"
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Birthplace: Lannoy, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Death: Died in Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands
Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Frans van Ravelingen

Frans van Ravelingen, latinized to Franciscus Raphelengius, (February 27, 1539 — July 20, 1597), was a Flemish-born Dutch scholar, printer and bookseller, based in Leiden. He held the chair in Hebrew at Leiden from 1587, and also had knowledge of Arabic and Persian. He wrote an Arabic-Latin lexicon, which was published posthumously in 1613. This was said to be the first proper dictionary of the Arabic language.

Raphelengius was born at Lannoy and was the son-in-law of printer Christopher Plantin; he managed the Plantin office in Leiden. He collaborated on the Antwerp Polyglot Bible, and was official printer for the university. His scholarly printing qualities were one of the attractions that drew Joseph Justus Scaliger to Leiden in 1593. Raphelengius died in Leiden.

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Franciscus Raphelengius's Timeline

1539
February 27, 1539
Lannoy, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
1565
June 23, 1565
Age 26
Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
1597
July 20, 1597
Age 58
Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands
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