BECK, MICHAEL° (1653–1712), German Lutheran theologian and Hebraist. Beck studied in Jena, like his namesake M.F. *Beck, under the apostate Frischmuth. He left a tract on the Masoretic accents as a hermeneutic device (Jena, 1678; repr. in G. Menthen, Thesaurus theologico-philologicus, 1, 1701), as well as Hannaḥatan ve-Ḥaliẓatan shel Tefillin or Usus Phylacteriorum (Jena, 1675), which is a public dissertation on phylacteries by Beck with the reply of Matthew Kreher.
J.G.W. Dunkel, Historisch-critische Nachrichten von verstorbenen Gelehrten, 3 vols. (1753–57); A. Weyermann, Nachrichten von Gelehrten… aus Ulm (1798); adb, 2 (1875), 218; J.C. Adelung, Allgemeines Gelehrten-lexicon, 1 (1784), 1580 (bibl.).
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