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Author(s): Wolff, Jens
[German Version] 1. Johann (Mar 29, 1484, Hardegsen – Jun 13, 1550, Eisleben). After attending school in Göttingen (1501) and Einbeck (1502), Spangenberg began his university studies at Erfurt in the fall of 1508, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1511. He served as head of the Latin school in Stolberg (Harz) and in 1524 was appointed pastor in Nordhausen (Harz), where he improved the town school. In June of 1546 he was called to Eisleben as inspector of the churches in comital Mansfeld; while ther…

Poach, Andreas

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Author(s): Wolff, Jens
[German Version] (1515, Eilenburg, Saxony – Apr 1, 1585, Utenbach, near Jena), Protestant theologian. He began his studies at Wittenberg in 1530, was taught by Luther, and received his M.A. in 1538. In 1541 he was appointed archdeacon in Jena and in 1542 at the Marienkirche in Halle. In 1547, after having been displaced by the Schmalkaldic War (Schmalkaldic League), he was appointed pastor in Nordhausen. In 1550 he became pastor of the Augustinian church in Erfurt, where he served as senior pastor of the Erfurt clergy (1561) and after 1566 as professor of the Augsburg ¶ Confession. In 1569 …