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KARL PAUL CASPARI (1814-1892)

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 452 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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KARL PAUL CASPARI (1814-1892), German Lutheran theologian and orientalist, was born of Jewish parents at Dessau, Anhalt, on the 8th of February 1814. He studied at Leipzig and Berlin, became a Christian in 1838, and in 1857 was appointed professor of theology at Christiania, having declined invitations to Rostock and Erlangen. He died at Christiania on the 11th of April 1892. Caspari is best known as the author of an Arabic grammar (Grammatica Arabica, 2 vols., 1844-1848; new edition, Arabische Grammatik, edited by A. Muller; 5th ed. 1887). He also wrote commentaries on the prophetical books of the Old Testament, dogmatic and historical works on baptism, and from 1857 helped to edit the Theologisk Tidskrift for den evangelisk-lutherske Kirke i Norge. His writings include: Beitrage zur Einleitung in Jesaja (1848), and Alte and neue Quellen zur Geschichte des Taufsymbols and der Glaubensregel (1879).
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