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Melanchthon, Philipp
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I. Life – II. Work – III. Influence

(born Schwartzerdt, in 1509 grecized by Reuchlin, from 1531 simplified by Melanchthon as Melanthon; Feb 16, 1497, Bretten – Apr 19, 1560, Wittenberg).

I. Life

Son of an arms technician in the service of the Palatinate court and the daughter of a prosperous merchant, Melanchthon was well educated, after his father's death in 1508 at Pforzheim under Georg Simler (fellow students: M. Erb, S. Grynaeus, B. Haller, K. Hedior, Franciscus Irenicus [1494–1553]), promoted by…

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Scheible, Heinz, “Melanchthon, Philipp”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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