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Jansen, Hendrik

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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus
[German Version] (c. 1520, Barneveld, Netherlands – after 1594, Cologne), a nonconformist and mystical lay theologian, called “van Barneveld” after his birthplace (Berrefelt, Berreveldt). The poorly educated weaver became a follower of H. Niclaes and was soon one of his closest confidants. After 1573, Jansen preached a radically individualistic mysticism. On the basis of a vision, he wrote under the pseudonym Immanuel Hiel (“the immanent life of God”) many essays and circular letters for the “adhe…

Winckelmann, Johann Joachim

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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus
[German Version] (Dec 9, 1717, Stendal – Jun 8, 1768, Trieste), father of classical archaeology and art history. Though born in poverty, Winckelmann studied theology at Halle from 1738 to 1740 and medicine at Jena in 1741/1742. He served from 1743 to 1748 as deputy rector of the Latin school in Seehausen (Altmark). From 1748 to 1754, he was librarian of Count Heinrich v. Bünau in Nöthnitz, near Dresden, and assisted him in writing his history of the Empire and its emperors. Winckelmann acquired co…

Ursinus, Zacharias

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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus
[German Version] (Jul 18, 1534, Breslau [Wrocław] – Mar 6, 1583, Neustadt an der Weinstraße), Protestant theologian. He studied at Breslau and then beginning in 1550 with Melanchthon at Wittenberg. After the Colloquy of Worms in 1557, he traveled to Paris and Zürich via Straßburg (Strasbourg), Basel, and Geneva. In the fall of 1558 he was appointed professor at the Elisabeth-Gymnasium in Breslau. Opposition to his Calvinistic views on the Lord’s Supper forced him to leave Breslau; in 1561 he went …

Feurborn, Justus

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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus
[German Version] (Nov 13, 1587, Herborn – Feb 6, 1656, Gießen), Protestant theologian. In 1612, he began studying in Gießen, where he earned his Magister in ¶ 1614 and his Dr. Theol. in 1616, and was appointed associate professor, preacher, and ephorus of the scholarship holders in 1617. Following the transfer of the University to Marburg in 1624, he became its first professor of theology in 1627. In this function, he also officiated as the first rector of the University of Gießen following its restitution in 1650. He was…

Kassel, University

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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus
[German Version] In 1633 Landgrave William V of Hessen elevated the Collegium Adelphicum to the status of a territorial university in compensation for the university in Marburg, which had taken the Lutheran side. When the latter returned to the Reformed fold, the two institutions were combined in Marburg in 1653 and teaching came to an end in Kassel. On Oct 25, 1971, the Gesamthochschule Kassel (now Universität Gesamthochschule Kassel) opened its doors. Markus Wriedt Bibliography W. Falkenheiner, Die Annalen und die Matrikel der Universität Kassel, ZVHG.S 18, 1893 N. Kluge et al., eds…

Muth, Placidus

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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus
[German Version] (baptismal name Johann Kaspar; Dec 30, 1753, Poppenhausen, near Schweinfurt – Mar 28, ¶ 1821, Erfurt), OSB, theologian. After attending school in Würzburg and Erfurt he studied from 1771 in Erfurt. In 1777 he entered the Petersberg Benedictine monastery, was ordained priest in 1783, became lector there in 1785, and in 1788 Dr.theol. and university professor of moral and pastoral theology. From 1794 to the time of secularization he was abbot of his monastery; from 1803 to 1813 rector, from 1809 …

Neuser, Adam

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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus
[German Version] (c. 1530, Gunzenhausen, Franconia –Oct 12, 1576, Constantinople), Protestant nonconformist. Appointed junior pastor of Sankt Peter in Heidelberg, when the Electoral Palatinate changed its religious allegiance to the Reformed Church he resisted presbyterial church order and church discipline modeled after Geneva and was therefore transferred to the Heiliggeistkirche, where he was increasingly suspected of Antitrinitarian sympathies (Antitrinitarians). At the imperial diet in Speyer…

Scultetus, Johann

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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus
[German Version] (actually Anton Schultze, Lat. A. Praetorius; born in the county of Lippe – Dec 6, 1613, Laudenbach), Reformed theologian. He was appointed deacon in Oppenheim in 1589 and pastor in Dittelsheim c. 1595. In 1596 he went to Offenbach am Main and was appointed court chaplain to the count of Wittgenstein in Birstein. In 1597 he opposed the arrest of four women accused of witchcraft. Markus Wriedt Bibliography Works: Gründlicher Bericht von Zauberey und Zauberern, 1598 On Scultetus: AGL VI, 1787, 786 H. Steitz, Geschichte der evangelischen Kirche in Hessen und Nassau, vol. I…

Steuber, Johannes

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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus
[German Version] ( Jan 16, 1590, Schickardshausen, Oberhessen – Feb 5, 1643, Marburg), Lutheran theologian. In 1614 he was appointed professor of physics at Gießen and in 1627 added Greek; in 1620 he was appointed professor of theology and Hebrew. In 1624, when the university was moved back to Marburg, he was appointed professor of theology and pastor of St. Elizabeth’s. In 1625 he was appointed university librarian. In 1627 he was put in charge of fellowships. At the behest of Landgrave Louis V, …

John of Wesel

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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus
[German Version] (John Rucherat, John Ruchrat; c. 1420, Oberwesel/Rhein – 1481, Mainz). John began his studies in Erfurt in 1441, received the M.A. there in 1445, the Dr.theol. in 1456, and became rector in 1457. In 1460, he became a canon in Worms, was called to Basel as professor of theology, and returned to Worms in 1463 as cathedral preacher. Because of statements critical of the church, he was dismissed by the bishop in 1477. He went to Mainz as cathedral pastor. A trial before the Inquisitio…

Klopfer, Balthasar Christoph

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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus
[German Version] (Mar 11, 1659, Jüdenberg near Gräfenhainichen – Oct 19, 1703, Laubach) was a Separatist preacher. Trained as a scribe in Torgau, he was secretary to the duke of Holstein, musician and scribe in Hanau, and, from 1681/1682, secretary to the count of Solms-Braunfels. Influenced by the writings of J. Tauler, Klopfer felt called to be a preacher. He was imprisoned because of his Separatist leanings and expelled. He was in Hessen for a while, and then in Laubach (1699) under the protect…

Scultetus, Abraham

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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus
[German Version] (Aug 24, 1566, Grünberg, Silesia [today Zielona Góra, Poland] – Oct 24, 1625, Emden), Reformed theologian. After studies in Wittenberg (1588) and Heidelberg (1590), Scultetus was appointed deacon in Schriesheim in 1594, court chaplain in Heidelberg in 1595, and pastor of the Franziskanerkirche in 1598. He was appointed to the church council in 1600. He carried out reforms of the school system in the Upper Palatinate and the county of Hanau-Münzenberg. He also carried out reforms i…


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Author(s): Wriedt, Markus | Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] 1. Johannes (1551, Homberg – Aug 13, 1626, Gießen), Protestant theologian. Although trained as a blacksmith, he began studying at Marburg in 1568. In 1573 he became head of the municipal school in Homberg/Efze. In 1576 he continued his studies at Marburg. In 1582 he was appointed court chaplain in Kassel and in 1592 professor at Marburg as well as preacher at the Marienkirche. He was removed from his position in 1607 and went to Gießen, where he was co-founder of the Pedagogium and the university. In 1607 he was appointed full professor and in 1610 superintendent. In ¶ the cont…