Franciscus Raphelengius

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Frans van Ravelingen

Also Known As: "Raphelinghen"
Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Lannoy, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Death: July 20, 1597 (58)
Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands
Immediate Family:

Husband of Marguerite Plantin
Father of Christoffel van Ravelingen; Frans van Ravelingen; Justus van Ravelingen and Elisabeth van Ravelingen

Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Franciscus Raphelengius

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

February 27, 1539
Lannoy, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
July 20, 1597
Age 58
Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands