here a misprint for Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Gesenius, German orientalist and Biblical critic, 1786-1842, author of numerous works on the Hebrew and Maltese languages, on the Samaritans and Syrians, as wel as commentaries on the Pentateuch and Isaiah.
Fishburn and Hughes: "A German orientalist and biblical scholar famous for his rationalist methods of exegesis. In 1830 he was subjected to violent attack in the Evangelical press under the editorship of Hengstenberg. Gesenius was a friend of Thilo, with whom in 1820 he travelled to Paris, London and Oxford to examine oriental manuscripts." (78)