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Nelle, Wilhelm

(190 words)

Author(s): Wennemuth, Heike
[German Version] (May 9, 1849, Schwöbber, near Hameln – Oct 15, 1918, Münster). From 1867 to 1871, ¶ Nelle studied Protestant theology at Halle (where he also studied music) and Tübingen. He began his ministry with the Inland Mission in 1872, as parish minister and superintendent, moving to Hamm in 1886. In 1905 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Breslau. After retiring in 1916, he was appointed professor at the University of Münster, where he taught hymnology and liturgical studies. Nelle was the author of fundamental works on hymnology. His Schlüssel, which took …

Riethmüller, Otto

(166 words)

Author(s): Wennemuth, Heike
[German Version] (Feb 26, 1889, Bad Cannstadt near Stuttgart – Nov 19, 1938, Berlin), studied theology in Tübingen from 1907, then served as a pastor in the Württemberg regional church; in addition, from 1924, he was head of the Protestant Young Women’s Christian Association (Mädchenwerk) in Württemberg. From 1928 he was director of the Burckhardt House in Berlin-Dahlem; from 1935 also chair of the Reich Youth Commission (Reichsjugendkammer) of the Confessing Church. His activity was marked by his…


(354 words)

Author(s): Wennemuth, Heike | Steinmann, Michael
[German Version] 1. Johann Peter (Apr 10, 1802, Sonnborn, near Elberfeld – Jul 8, 1884, Bonn). After studying theology at Bonn from 1822 to 1825, Lange became a Reformed pastor. In 1841 he was appointed professor of dogmatics and church history at Zürich (where he wrote an attack on D. Strauß). From 1854 to 1884 he was professor of systematic theology in Bonn. Lange wrote fundamental works in every theological discipline, including Das Leben Jesu nach den Evangelien dargestellt (3 vols., 1844–1847; ET: The Life of the Lord Jesus Christ, 1864), and was active in the life of the churc…

Zahn, Johannes Christoph Andreas

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Author(s): Wennemuth, Heike
[German Version] (Aug 1, 1817, Eschenbach – Feb 17, 1895, Neuendettelsau). After studying theology, primarily at Erlangen, Zahn served from 1854 to 1888 as director of the teachers’ college in Altdorf. His excellent training in church music supported his work in hymnology. Zahn left his mark on the reform of Protestant congregational and choral ¶ singing, not least through his assistance in producing hymn and tune books (Hymnal: I, 4). He published his fundamental researches in Die Melodien der deutschen evangelischen Kirchenlieder aus den Quellen geschöpft (6 vols., 1889–1983),…


(320 words)

Author(s): Wennemuth, Heike | Grözinger, Albrecht
[German Version] 1. Philipp Karl Eduard (Jun 28, 1800, Berlin – Jun 20, 1877, Dresden) studied natural science and German language and literature in Breslau (Wrocław), Halle, and Berlin, encouraged by K. v. Raumer. From 1824 to 1861 he taught at various (private) schools and ¶ published works for teachers. In 1827 he received a doctorate from Erlangen on the basis of his work on mineralogy; in 1861 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the theological faculty of Breslau. After 1839 he devoted himself increasingly to hymnology, publishing …