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La Faye, Antoine

(193 words)

Author(s): Sallmann, Martin
[German Version] (1540, Châteaudun – Sep 1615, Geneva [plague]), Reformed theologian. Little is known of his youth and education. La Faye arrived in Geneva in 1561 and became a citizen in 1568. Enjoying the patronage of T. Beza, La Faye's career is characterized by a steady but controversial advancement: lecturer at the Collège, doctor of medicine in Padua (1574), director of the Collège (1575), lecturer in philosophy at the academy, professor of philosophy (1578–1580), professor of theology (1581…

Basel Confession

(105 words)

Author(s): Sallmann, Martin
[German Version] . The Basel Confession was presumably composed under the supervision of O. Myconius on the basis of preliminary work by J. Oecolampadius. In a concise, clear form and a moderate tone, it elaborates the positions of Reformational faith and draws distinctions between itself and Roman, Lutheran and Baptist views. After its approval by the councils, it was submitted to the guilds and citizens for their consent (1534). Martin Sallmann Bibliography R. Stauffer, “Das Basler Bekenntnis von 1534,” in: H.R. Guggisberg & P. Rotach, eds., Ecclesia semper …

Hospinian (Wirth), Rudolf

(160 words)

Author(s): Sallmann, Martin
[German Version] (Nov 7, 1547, Alt[d]orf, modern Fehraltorf, canton Zürich – Mar 11, 1626, Zürich). After studies at Marburg and Heidelberg (1565–1568), Hospinian was admitted to the ministerium of Zürich and became pastor of the rural congregations of Weiach, Hirzel, and Schwamendingen (1568–1588). He also taught at the Schola Tigurina (Zürich) and became its rector in 1576. In 1588, he was appointed archdeacon of the Grossmünster in Zürich. In 1594, he became pastor of the Fraumünster, but after…

Wolleb, Johannes

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Author(s): Sallmann, Martin
[German Version] (Jun 24, 1586, Basel – Nov 24, 1629, Basel), Reformed theologian. He studied theology with A. Polanus v. Polansdorf and served as a deacon after 1607; in 1618 he succeeded J.J. Grynaeus as chief pastor (antistes) of the Basel Minster. He was also appointed professor of Old Testament. His Christianae theologiae compendium, a succinct summary of the theology of Reformed orthodoxy (II, 2.b), shows him less as an original thinker than as a skilled presenter of the thought of others. Martin Sallmann Bibliography Works include: Christianae theologiae compendium, ed. E. Bi…

Werenfels

(413 words)

Author(s): Sallmann, Martin
[German Version] 1. Peter (May 20, 1627, Liestal – May 23, 1703, Basel), Reformed theologian. After university studies and ordination, Werenfels became court chaplain to Count Friedrich Kasimir of Ortenburg near Passau, deacon in Basel, pastor in Wolfisheim near Strasbourg, archdeacon in Basel, pastor of the church of St. Leonard in Basel, and finally in 1675 chief pastor (antistes) of the Minster. At the university, he held the chairs of dogmatics, Old Testament, and New Testament successively. He had supported his predecessor L. Gernler when the Formula consensus Helvetica was in…

Werenfels

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Author(s): Sallmann, Martin
[English Version] 1.Peter , (20.5.1627 Liestal – 23.5.1703 Basel), ref. Theologe, nach Studium und Ordination war W. Hofprediger des Grafen Friedrich Kasimir von Ortenburg bei Passau, Diakon in Basel, Pfarrer zu Wolfisheim bei Straßburg, Hauptdiakon (Archidiakon) in Basel, Pfarrer zu St. Leonhard und schließlich seit 1675 Hauptpfarrer (Antistes) am Münster. An der Universität hatte er nacheinander die Lehrstühle für Dogmatik, AT und NT inne. Seinen Vorgänger L. Gernler hatte W. bei der Einführung …

Wolleb

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Author(s): Sallmann, Martin
[English Version] , Johannes (24.6.1586 Basel – 24.11.1629 ebd.), ref. Theologe in Basel, studierte Theol. bei A. Polanus von Polansdorf, wirkte seit 1607 als Diakon, folgte 1618 J.J. Grynaeus als Hauptpfarrer (Antistes) am Münster und wurde zugleich Prof. für AT. Sein »Christianae theologiae compendium«, das die Lehre der ref. Orthodoxie (: II.,2., b) bündig zusammenfaßt, zeigt weniger den originellen Denker als vielmehr den geschickten Vermittler. Martin Sallmann Bibliography Vf. u.a.: Christianae theologiae compendium, hg. von E. Bizer, 1935 Über W.: M. Freudenberg…

Hottinger, Johann Heinrich

(161 words)

Author(s): Sallmann, Martin
[German Version] (Mar 10, 1620, Zürich – Jun 5, 1667, near Zürich). After attending school in Zürich, Hottinger moved to Holland in 1638, where he attended university in Groningen and Leiden. After returning to Zürich by way of England and France, he taught church history, catechesis, rhetoric, and oriental languages at the Schola Carolina (1642/43), later also Old Testament and controversial theology (1653), becoming rector in 1663. In 1655–61 he participated in the renovation of the department o…

Basel

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Author(s): Sallmann, Martin | Kuhn, Thomas K.
[German Version] I. City and Diocese – II. University I. City and Diocese The beginnings of the city and diocese are unclear. The name “Basilia” for the settlement at the bend of the Rhine is first mentioned around 374. The earliest evidence of Christian presence comes from the fort of Kaiseraugst, which lies not far from Basel. Only in the Carolingian period, from 740, is Basel attested as the per…