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August Johann Gottfried Bielenstein
Baltic German theologian

August Johann Gottfried Bielenstein

August Johann Gottfried Bielenstein
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Intro Baltic German theologian
A.K.A. Augusts Bīlenšteins, August Bielenstein, Augusts Bilensteins
Was Linguist Religious scholar Theologian
From Germany
Field Literature Religion Social science
Gender male
Birth 4 March 1826, Jelgava, Latvia
Death 6 July 1907, Jelgava, Latvia (aged 81 years)
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Father: Johann Andreas Gottfried Bielenstein
Spouse: Ernestine Louise Hermine Bielenstein
Children: Hans BielensteinBernhard BielensteinMarta Bielenstein
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August Johann Gottfried Bielenstein (Latvian: Augusts Bīlenšteins; 4 March [O.S. 20 February] 1826 – 6 July [O.S. 23 June] 1907) was a Baltic German linguist, folklorist, ethnographer, and theologian.

Bielenstein was born in Mitau (Jelgava), where he also died. He studied at the University of Halle (in Prussian Saxony) like numerous prominent pastors in the Baltic region, and received a doctorate in theology from the University of Dorpat in 1850. He was granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Königsberg in 1883.

The editor of the major Latvian language newspaper Latviešu Avīzes and a member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, Bielenstein was the author of numerous major works on linguistics and ethnography, including Die lettische Sprache, nach ihren Lauten und Formen (The Latvian Language, Its Phonetics and Forms, 2 volumes, 1863–64) and Die Grenzen des lettischen Volksstammes und der lettischen Sprache in der Gegenwart und im 13. Jahrhundert (The Borders of the Latvian Tribes and the Latvian Language in the Present and in the 13th Century, 1892). He encouraged the collection of dainas, studied traditional wooden architecture, and examined castle mounds to identify them according to their description in ancient chronicles. Whilst Bielenstein made many seminal contributions to the study of the Latvian language and culture, he was also a fierce opponent of the Young Latvians and a staunch defender of the Baltic German tradition.

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