KALTHOFF, Johann Heinrich. Warendorf 5.2.1803 — Münster 11.1.1839. German Oriental Scholar. After Gymnasium in Warendorf and Münster studied theology and philology at Münster in 1821-24 and Oriental languages at Bonn in 1824-29. Ph.D. 1829 Bonn. In 1829-30 further studies in Paris under Silvestre de Sacy and Abel-Rémusat. From 1830 PD für Orientalische Sprachen und Orientalisches Alterthum at Theologisch-philosophische Akademie (at that time not a full university) in Münster, taught there in 1831-39 Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit and even Chinese, and thus introduced the teaching of Sanskrit there. From 1831 he also taught French at Münster Gymnasium. As PD he was much liked by his students.
Publications: Diss. Ius matrimonii veterum Indorum cum eodem Hebraeorum jure subinde comparatum. 108 p. Bonn 1829.
– Grammatik der hebräischen Sprache. 1. 424 p. Mainz – Regensburg 1837; Handbuch der hebräischen Alterthümer. 456 p. Münster 1840.
Sources: F.H. Reusch, A.D.B. 15, 1882, 48; diss. in Janert; German Wikipedia.
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