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Campegius Vitringa

Dutch theologian

Died when: 52 years 319 days (634 months)
Star Sign: Taurus


Campegius Vitringa

Campegius Vitringa Sr., or Kempe Vitringa (May 16, 1659 at Leeuwarden – March 31, 1722 at Franeker) was a Dutch Protestant theologian and Hebraist.

His youngest of four children was Campeius Vitringa (1693-1723).Vitringa, a follower of Johannes Cocceius, was a supporter of prophetic theology.

He was educated at the universities of Franeker and Leiden, and became professor of Oriental languages at the former in 1681.

When locating prophetic outcomes, he would associate events to the near rather than the far-off future, placing a distinct focus on the period of the Maccabees (2nd Century BC).

Like Joseph Mede (1586-1638), Vitringa believed wholeheartedly that the Millennium was yet to come, but did not expect any immediate changes.

He relegated the end of the time to a remote future and strongly emphasized the concept of New Jerusalem.His most important student is considered (1697-1787), who was a theology professor at Franeker.

Vitringa’s two chief works are his dissertation on the synagogue, De Synagoga Vetere Libri Tres (Franeker, 1685; 2d ed. 1696); and his Commentary on Isaiah (Leeuwarden, 1714–20), which was frequently republished in the eighteenth century.

The latter was up to the time of Gesenius the most considerable contribution to the exegesis of Isaiah.His other works include, Sacrarum Observationum Libri Sex (Franeker, 1683-1708) and Anacrisis Apocalypseos Joannis Apostoli (1705).

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