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Francke, August Hermann
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August Hermann Francke (1663–1727) was a Lutheran-Pietist theologian, pedagogue, and social reformer. Francke, the son of a jurist, was born in Lübeck and spent his childhood in Gotha. He was early destined for spiritual office, as well as for scholarship, studying in Erfurt and Kiel (1679–82), Hamburg (1682), and Leipzig (from 1684). In 1685 he received his master of philosophy degree on the basis of a work on Hebrew grammar and acquired authorization to teach. As a counter to instructional theology that was reduced largely to dogmatics, in 1686 he founded the Collegium philobiblicum, f…

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Oberdorfer, Bernd, “Francke, August Hermann”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_F195>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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