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Pastors and priests, training of
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1. General development

It is impossible to speak of a universal model of Protestant or Catholic training of pastors and priests at the beginning of the early modern period, in the sense of uniform training courses. As a rule, the late medieval parish priest (Pastorate) had not completed any course of studies. His capacity for independent Bible study and fluency in Latin were slight. As a general trend in the course of the early moder…

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Töpfer, Thomas, “Pastors and priests, training of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025472>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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