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Samson

(108 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Samson,  Hermann (4.3.1579 Riga – 16.12.1643 ebd.), nach Studium in Wittenberg (bei L. Hütter) und Rostock seit 1608 Prediger an St. Petri in Riga, dazu Inspektor der Schulen, später Domprediger. S. bekämpfte literarisch die jesuitische Gegenreformation (Baltische Länder: III.,1., b). Von König Gustav II. Adolf bei der schwedischen Eroberung 1622 zum Superintendenten über Livland bestellt, mühte sich S. um die Wiederherstellung des luth. Kirchen- und Schulwesens, baute das Gymnasi…

Geier, Martin

(216 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Apr 24, 1614, Leipzig – Sep 12, 1680, Dresden), prominent exegete and preacher of Lutheran orthodoxy (II, 2.a). After studying at Leipzig (M.A. in 1633), Strassburg, and Wittenberg, he returned to Leipzig in 1636, where he was appointed professor of Hebrew in 1639. He became deacon in 1645, archdeacon in 1657, and pastor of the Thomaskirche in 1659, gaining his doctorate in theology in the same year. In 1661 he received appointments as professor of theology and superintendent. On…

Undereyck

(226 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Undereyck, Theodor (15.6.1635 Duisburg – 1.1.1693 Bremen). 1654–1658 Studium in Utrecht (bei G. Voetius), Duisburg (bei Johannes Clauberg [1622–1665]) und Leiden (bei J. Coccejus), danach eine große Studienreise (Schweiz, Frankreich, England). Der niederländische Präzisismus (J. van Lodenstein) prägte seine Frömmigkeit. Als Pfarrer in Mülheim/Ruhr (1660–1668) drang U. auf Bekehrung und Wiedergeburt, sorgte für Hausvisitationen und Katechisation. Von 1668–1670 außerordentlicher Hof…

Neumann

(149 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Neumann, Johann Georg (1.5.1661 Mörz bei Belzig – 5.9.1709 Wittenberg). Aufgewachsen in Zittau, auf dem dortigen Gymnasium Schüler des einflußreichen Polyhistors Christian Weise (1642–1708), dem er zeitlebens verbunden blieb; Studium in Wittenberg, 1681 Adjunkt der philos. Fakultät, 1690 Prof. der Poesie und Bibliothekar der Universität, 1692 Prof. der Theol., Synodalassessor und Propst an der Wittenberger Schloßkirche. N. vf. zahlreiche polyhist. Dissertationen. In den pietistisch…

Schade

(131 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Schade,  Johann Caspar (13.1.1666 Kühndorf bei Meiningen – 25.7.1698 Berlin). Während des Studiums in Leipzig schloß sich Sch. an A.H. Francke an, wurde Mitglied des Leipziger Collegium philobiblicum und bald Stimmführer der Leipziger pietistischen Bewegung. Aus Leipzig ausgewiesen, wurde Sch. 1691 Diakon an St. Nikolai in Berlin an der Seite Ph.J. Speners. Sch. predigte erwecklich und hielt Collegia pietatis. Seine aus strengem Bußernst stammende Polemik gegen die routinemäßige A…

Schmidt

(117 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Schmidt, Sebastian (getauft 6.1.1617 Lampertheim im Elsaß – 9.1.1696 Straßburg). Nach dem Studium der Theol. in Straßburg, Wittenberg u.a. und der Orientalistik in Basel bei J. Buxtorf d.J. in verschiedenen elsässischen und süddt. Kirchen- und Schulämtern, 1653 Prof. der Theol. und Prediger in Straßburg, seit 1666 bis zu seinem Tod auch Kirchenpräsident. Der scheue Gelehrte war der gründlichste bibl. Exeget der luth. Orthodoxie. Zu seinen Schülern zählen Ph.J. Spener, der die von …

Schmidt

(151 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Schmidt, Johann (20.6.1594 Bautzen – 27.8.1658 Straßburg). Wegen der Pest 1611 aus Halle/Saale nach Speyer verschlagen, seit 1612 ständig in Straßburg, Studium der Philos. (1615 M.A.) und Theol., 1617 Reise nach Frankreich und England, 1623 Dr. theol. und Prof. der Theol. in Straßburg, dazu 1629 Kirchenpräsident. Leitete die luth. Kirche des Elsaß im Dreißigjährigen Krieg. Wirkte mehr durch persönliches Vorbild und Predigtbände als durch gelehrte Werke. Seine Vorschläge zur Kirche…

Neumeister

(167 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Neumeister, Erdmann (12.5.1671 Uichteritz bei Weißenfels – 18.8.1756 Hamburg), einer der letzten Repräsentanten der luth. Spätorthodoxie (Orthodoxie: II.,2., a). Nach Theologiestudium in Leipzig seit 1689 (bei V. Alberti) und kurzer akademischer Lehrtätigkeit war N. seit 1697 in geistl. Ämtern; 1704 Oberhofprediger, Konsistorialrat und Superintendent in Sorau, 1715 Hauptprediger an St. Jacobi in Hamburg. Als Student dem Pietismus zuneigend, wandelte sich N. in Sorau, wo er mit J.W…

Sandhagen

(122 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Sandhagen, Caspar Hermann (22.10.1639 Borgholzhausen bei Bielefeld – 14.7.1697 Kiel), nach Studium in Rostock und Straßburg 1665 Hilfsprediger, 1667 Rektor in Bielefeld, zeitweilig in enger Verbindung mit den Labadisten (J.de  Labadie) im nahen Herford, 1672 Superintendent in Lüneburg. Seit 1689 war S. Generalsuperintendent in Schleswig-Holstein und Oberhofprediger in Gottorf. Als gründlicher Exeget gab er die Bibelkomm. seines Lehrers S. Schmidt heraus. Studienaufenthalte bei ihm …

Winckler

(134 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Winckler, Johannes (13.7.1642 Golzern, Sachsen – 5.4.1705 Hamburg). Nach Studium in Leipzig und Jena zunächst Hofmeister in Tübingen, dann im Predigtamt in Homburg v.d.H. (1671), Braubach (1672), Darmstadt (1676), Mannheim (1678), Wertheim (1679), seit 1684 Hauptpastor an St. Michaelis in Hamburg, 1699 Senior ebd. Als einer der engsten Freunde Ph.J. Speners verteidigte er die Collegia pietatis und war Wortführer des Pietismus in den Hamburger Streitigkeiten, bekämpfte aber den Chi…

Pritius

(124 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Pritius, Johann Georg (22.9.1662 Leipzig – 24.8.1732 Frankfurt/M.). Studium in Leipzig, 1690 Sonnabendprediger an St. Nicolai in Leipzig, 1698 Pfarrer und Gymnasialprof. in Zerbst, 1701 Superintendent in Schleiz, 1705 Reise nach Holland und England, 1708 Pfarrer an St. Marien und Theologieprof. in Greifswald, 1711 Senior des luth. Predigerministeriums Frankfurt/M. Früh durch Ph.J. Spener für einen milden Pietismus gewonnen, hinterließ P. ein reiches lit. Werk, war unermüdlich tätig…

Petersen

(341 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Petersen, Johann Wilhelm (1.7.1649 Osnabrück – 31.1.1727 Gut Thymer bei Zerbst, Anhalt) und Johanna Eleonora, geb. von Merlau (25.4.1644 Frankfurt/M. – 19.3.1724 Gut Thymer), im Pietismus vielgelesenes Schriftstellerehepaar, durch eschatologische Anschauungen (Chiliasmus, Apokatastasis) dem radikalen Pietismus zugehörig. J.W. P., als Student in Rostock und Gießen Adept barocker Polyhistorie und orth. Konfessionspolemik, wurde in Frankfurt/M. durch Ph.J. Spener und J.J. Schütz für den Pietism…

Yvon

(199 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Yvon, Pierre (1646 Montauban, Languedoc – 1707 Wieuwert, Westfriesland), Schüler und engster Weggefährte J. de Labadies. Schon als Kind zur Kirche gebracht, wenn Labadie predigte, schickten ihn seine Eltern als Jüngling nach Genf, wo er in Labadies Haus wohnte und unter seiner Anleitung Philos. und Theol. studierte. Wurde neben Pierre Dulignon und Jean Menuret zum unzertrennlichen Weggefährten Labadies. Auf den späteren Stationen Labadies in den Niederlanden, Deutschland (Herford)…

Veiel

(136 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Veiel, Elias (20.7.1635 Ulm – 23.2.1706 ebd.). Nach Studium in Straßburg und an den sächsischen Universitäten seit 1662 Prediger am Münster in Ulm, 1663 Prof. der Theol. am Ulmer Gymnasium, 1664 Dr. theol. in Straßburg mit einer Disputation gegen den Chiliasmus unter J.K. Dannhauer, 1671 Direktor am Gymnasium in Ulm, 1678 Superintendent ebd. Vf. zahlreicher Predigtbände und theol. Schriften. V. lehnte 1686 einen Ruf nach Wittenberg als Nachfolger von A. Calov ab. Befreundet und le…

Schütz

(192 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Schütz, Johann Jakob (7.9.1640 Frankfurt/M. – 21.5.1690 ebd.), Begründer des separatistischen Pietismus im Luthertum. Nach Studium in Jena und Tübingen wurde er Advokat in Frankfurt/M. Sch. verdankte der Lektüre der Predigten J. Taulers seine Erweckung. Er regte Ph.J. Spener zur Gründung des Frankfurter Collegium pietatis an, in dem er jahrelang eine führende Rolle spielte, bis er sich vom unreformierbaren »Babel« der luth. Staatskirche trennte und für ein »unparteiisches« Christen…

Scriver

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Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Scriver, Christian (2.1.1629 Rendsburg – 5.4.1693 Quedlinburg). S. ist der klassische luth. Erbauungsschriftsteller, wie J. Arndt auf Verinnerlichung des Christentums dringend, dabei stärker an Luther und der luth. Rechtfertigungslehre orientiert, glänzender Stilist von immenser Belesenheit, auch profane Quellen für seine Schriften ausbeutend. Nach Studium in Rostock (bei J. Lütkemann) 1653 Archidiakon in Stendal; 1667 Pfarrer an St. Jacobi in Magdeburg, wo er 23 Jahre wirkte (167…

Prätorius

(204 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Prätorius, Stephan (3.5.1536 Salzwedel – 4.5.1603 ebd.), luth. Erbauungsschriftsteller. Nach dem Studium in Rostock (bei D. Chyträus und Simon Pauli) Diakon in Salzwedel, später Pfarrer an der Neustädtischen Kirche. Trotz auswärtiger Berufungen blieb er seiner Heimatstadt bis zu seinem Tod treu. Nach P. sollen die Christen ohne Buße und Askese sich nur der in der Taufe zugeeigneten Gnadenschätze bewußt werden (»Freudenchristentum«). Eine Auswahl seiner Traktate gab J. Arndt heraus…

Schurman

(170 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[English Version] Schurman, Anna Maria van (5.11.1607 Köln – 14.5.1678 Wieuvert, Friesland); Kind niederländischer ref. Eltern, lebte seit 1623 in Utrecht, wo ihr das Studium (u.a. bei G. Voetius) erlaubt wurde. Hervorragende Gelehrsamkeit und Sprachenkunde, dazu künstlerische Fähigkeiten verschafften ihr Ruhm als das »Wunder ihres Zeitalters«. Mit vielen Gelehrten (R. Descartes, Christian Huyghens u.a.) stand sie in Briefwechsel und verteidigte das Recht der Frau zu wiss. Arbeit (Dissertatio de inge…

Schade, Johann Caspar

(163 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Jan 13, 1666, Kühndorf, near Meiningen – Jul 25, 1698, Berlin). While studying in Leipzig, Schade became a follower of A.H. Francke; he joined the Leipzig Collegium Philobiblicum and soon became a spokesman for the Pietist movement in Leipzig. Forced to leave Leipzig, in 1691 he became a deacon at Sankt Nikolai in Berlin, alongside P.J. Spener. There he preached revivalist sermons and led collegia pietatis. His polemic against perfunctory absolution as part of traditional penitential practice (“Beichtstuhl, Satansstuhl, Feuerpfuhl,” linking th…

Spener, Philipp Jakob

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Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] ( Jan 13, 1635, Rappoltsweiler, Elsass [Ribeauvillé, Alsace] – Feb 5, 1705, Berlin), father of Lutheran Pietism (I, 1). Son of a devout middle-class family with connections at court, he was brought up on edifying Puritan literature and J. Arndt’s Wahres Christentum. At the age of 16, he entered the University of Strasbourg (II); after foundation courses in philosophy (1653 master’s disserta-¶ tion against T. Hobbes), he studied the system of Lutheran orthodoxy (II, 2.a) under J.K. Dannhauer, a theology he remained faithful to throughout his…

Rudrauff, Kilian

(139 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Jul 17, 1627, Schotten, Upper Hesse – Sep 15, 1690, Gießen), studied in Marburg and then (after the university was relocated) in Gießen, where he taught in the boarding school after 1650. In 1659 he was appointed professor of ethics at Gießen; logic and metaphysics were added in 1661. In 1675 he became professor of theology. In 1677 he was also appointed superintendent of the Alsfeld diocese and in 1683 the Marburg diocese as well in the Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt. Rudrauff made outstanding contributions to catechetics. He criticized P.J. Spener’s Pia desideria an…

Lütkemann, Joachim

(207 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Dec 15, 1608, Demmin, Hither Pomerania – Oct 18, 1655, Wolfenbüttel). During his time as a student in Straßburg (Strasbourg), Lütkemann was influenced decisively by Johann Schmidt. After travels in Italy and France, he received his master's degree from the philosophical faculty at Rostock, where he was appointed professor of metaphysics and physics in 1643. Appointed deacon in the church of Sankt Jacobi in 1648, he gained a reputation as an outstanding preacher. Forced to leave M…

Hartmann, Johann Ludwig

(180 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Feb 3, 1640, Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Aug 18, 1680, Rothenburg ob der Tauber). After studying at Wittenberg under A. Calovius, in 1660 Hartmann became pastor in Spielbach, in 1661 rector of the gymnasium in Rothenburg, and in 1666 pastor of Sankt Jakobi and superintendent. After receiving his doctorate from Tübingen in 1670, he published several volumes of sermons (including Das wahre Christenthum… in einer Hertz Postill, 1671), a Biblischer Catechismus (1678), and numerous works of popular edification ( Fluchspiegel, 1673; Spielteufel, 1678; Lästerteufel, 167…

Strauch, Aegidius

(194 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Feb 21, 1632, Wittenberg – Feb 13, 1682, Danzig [Gdansk]). After studying in Leipzig and Wittenberg (with A. Calovius), he was appointed professor of philosophy in Wittenberg, receiving his Dr.theol. in 1664. In the Syncretistic Controversy, he vigorously opposed the Helmstedt theologians. In 1669 he was appointed rector of the Gymnasium in Danzig and pastor of Sankt Trinitatis. In 1673 he was removed from office on account of his anti-Catholic sermons; his removal produced an up…

Sandhagen, Caspar Hermann

(160 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Oct 22, 1639, Borgholzhausen, near Bielefeld – Jul 14, 1697, Kiel). After studying at Rostock and Straßburg (Strasbourg), he was appointed assistant pastor in Bielefeld in 1665 and in 1667 headmaster of a school there; for a while he was closely associated with the Labadists (J. de Labadie) in nearby Herford. In 1672 he was appointed superintendent in Lüneburg, and in 1689 was made general superintendent for Schleswig-Holstein and senior court chaplain in Gottorf. As a painstakin…

Schelwig, Samuel

(131 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Mar 8, 1643, Leszno, Poland – Jan 15, 1715, Danzig [Gdansk]). After studying at Wittenberg with A. Calovius, in 1668 he was appointed deputy rector of the Gymnasium in Toruń; in 1673 he was appointed professor at the Danzig Gymnasium, and in 1681 deacon with the Katharinenkirche. In 1685 he was appointed rector of the Gymnasium and pastor of Sankt Trinitatis. His conflict with his Pietist colleague Konstantin Schütz turned into a literary debate with P.J. Spener that lasted for some years (e.g. Die Sektiererische Pietisterey, 1696/1697). Johannes Wallmann Bibliograph…

Gerhard, Johann

(428 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Oct 17, 1582, Quedlinburg – Aug 17, 1637, Jena) was the most important theologian of Lutheran orthodoxy (II, 2.a). Comforted spiritually in a youthful illness by his “spiritual father” Johann Arndt, the very talented Gerhard initially studied medicine at Wittenberg, then theology at Jena, Marburg (with B. [I.] Mentzer) and again in Jena. After earning his doctorate in theology (1606), he was retained for church offices (1606 superintendent in Heldburg, 1615 general superintendent…

Molanus, Gerard Walter

(200 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Oct 22, 1633, Hamelin – Sep 17, 1722, Hanover). After studying in Helmstedt (under G. Calixtus), Rinteln, and Strasbourg, in 1659 Molanus was appointed professor of mathematics, and in 1664 also of theology, in Rinteln. In 1671, he became a conventual in Loccum Abbey, in 1674 church director of the duchy of Calenberg (Hanover), and in 1677 abbot of Loccum. Though unimportant as a theologian, Molanus, as leader and organizer of a constantly increasing church territory ( inter alia union with Lüneburg 1705), can be considered the father of the Hanover region…

Concord, Formula of

(1,247 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] The Formula of Concord ( Formula Concordiae) of 1577 is the result of the trans-regional settlement effort conducted in protracted, tedious negotiations intended to provide a common doctrinal basis for the Lutheran state churches that had splintered through doctrinal disputes after Luther's death and had separated into various doctrinal traditions – notably that of the Philippists (adherents of Melanchthon) and the Gnesio-Lutherans. Through its inclusion in t…

Müller, Heinrich

(230 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Oct 18, 1631, Lübeck – Sep 13, 1675, Rostock), Lutheran author of edifying works. After study in Greifswald and Rostock (under J. Lütkemann), and academic visits to universities in northern and central Germany, in 1653 Müller became archdeacon of St. Mary's Church in Rostock and assistant professor in the philosophical faculty. In 1659 he became professor of Greek language, in 1660 Dr.theol. (Helmstedt), and in 1662 professor of theology and pastor at St. Mary's; from 1671 he was…

Heunisch, Caspar

(170 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Jul 17, 1620, Schweinfurt – Oct 18, 1690, Schweinfurt) studied in Jena and was at first a private tutor in Halle an der Saale. Following his ordination in 1645, he held pastorships in and around Schweinfurt (1647: subdeacon; 1654: deacon; 1660: archdeacon; 1666: superintendent as well as professor and inspector at the Gymnasium). Heunisch not only published sermons but also numerous scholarly writings, mostly on topics of apocalypticism and its chronology. Following the Schweidnitz pastor Matthäus Hoffmann (1615–1667) and his Chronotaxis Apocalyptica (Jena, 1…

Dannhauer, Johann Konrad

(388 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Mar 24, 1603, Köndringen, Breisgau – Nov 7, 1666, Strasbourg), the most important theologian of Strasbourg's Lutheran orthodoxy in the 17th century. After studying in Strasbourg, and for one year each in Marburg, Altdorf, and Jena (with J. Gerhard), he became inspector of the seminary in 1628, professor of rhetoric in 1629, profes¶ sor of theology and preacher at the cathedral in 1633, and in addition church president in Strasbourg in 1658. Dannhauer wrote fundamental works, s…

Starck, Johann Friedrich

(183 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Oct 10, 1680, Hildesheim – Jul 17, 1756, Frankfurt am Main), Pietist devotional writer. During his studies at Gießen, he was won over to Pietism by J.H. May. After working as a private tutor in Frankfurt am Main, in 1709 he was appointed preacher in Geneva; in 1711 he was appointed pastor in Sachsenhausen and in 1723 at the Barfüßerkirche in Frankfurt. Rejecting separatist Pietism, Starck brought “true, inward, heartfelt devotion” into the state church through his edifying and devotional writings. His Tägliches Handbuch in guten und bösen Tagen (1727; ET: Daily Hand-Bo…

Neumann, Johann Georg

(193 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (May 1, 1661, Mörz, near Belzig – Sep 5, 1709, Wittenberg). Neumann grew up in Zittau, where he studied in the Gymnasium with the influential polyhistor Christian Weise, to whom he remained attached throughout his life. After studies at Wittenberg, he was appointed adjunct on the philosophical faculty in 1681 and professor of poetics and university librarian in 1690. In 1692 he was appointed professor of theology, synodal assessor, and provost of the castle church in Wittenberg. N…

Pritius, Johann Georg

(155 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Sep 22, 1662, Leipzig – Aug 24, 1732, Frankfurt am Main). After studying in Leipzig, Pritius became Saturday preacher at the Nikolaikirche in Leipzig (1690), minister and professor at the Gymnasium in Zerbst (1698), and superintendent in Schleiz (1701). In 1705 he traveled to Holland and England; in 1708 he became pastor at the Marienkirche, Greifswald, and professor of theology there; in 1711, senior of the Lutheran Ministry of Preachers in Frankfurt am Main. At an early age he …

Schmidt, Sebastian

(129 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (bapized Jan 6, 1617, Lampertheimin Elsaß [Alsace] – Jan 9, 1696, Straßburg [Strasbourg]). After studying theology in Straßburg, Wittenberg, and elsewhere, and Near Eastern languages in Basel with J. Buxtorf the Younger, he held ecclesiastical and educational appointments in Elsaß and southern Germany. In 1653 he was appointed professor of theology and preacher in Straßburg, where he also served as church president from 1666 until his death. A shy scholar, he was the most thorough…

Schmidt, Johann

(179 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Jun 20, 1594, Bautzen – Aug 27, 1658, Straßburg [Strasbourg]). Forced by the plague to leave Halle for Speyer in 1611, in 1612 Schmidt moved permanently to Straßburg, where he studied philosophy (M.A. in 1615) and theology. In 1617 he traveled to France and England. In 1623 he received his Dr.theol. from Straßburg and was appointed professor of theology, then church president in 1629. He led the Lutheran Church of Elsaß in the Thirty Years War. His personal example and published …

Samson, Hermann

(121 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Mar 4, 1579, Riga – Dec 16, 1643, Riga). After studying at Wittenberg (with L. Hütter) and Rostock, he was appointed preacher at St. Petri in Riga as well as superintendent of schools; later he was appointed cathedral preacher. He published attacks on the Jesuit Counter-Reformation (Baltic countries: III, 1.b). After the Swedish conquest in 1622, King Gustav II Adolf appointed him superintendent over Livonia. He strove to restore the Lutheran church and school system, turned the …

Syncretistic Controversy

(429 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] is the name given to the drawn-out controversies in the second half of the 17th century between high Lutheran orthodoxy (II, 2.a.β) and the union efforts of G. Calixtus and the University of Helmstedt, suspected of religious “syncretism.” Repelled by the horrors of the Thirty Years War, Calixtus shifted from polemics to irenics, calling for toleration and ecclesiastical peace between the confessions on the basis of a shared doctrinal foundation from the Early Church ( consensus antiquitatis). When the Jesuits rejected his plans for a reunion of the univer…

Pfeiffer, August

(170 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Oct 27, 1640, Lauenburg – Nov 1, 1698, Lübeck). Initially a supporter of the millenarianism of C. Hoburg from his school days in Lauenberg, Pfeiffer studied in Wittenberg (1659, M.A.) under A. Sennert, J. Deutschmann, and A. Calov; the latter cured him of his chiliastic leanings. Pfeiffer was a learned orientalist who could understand 70 oriental languages. In 1668 he became assistant professor of oriental languages in Wittenberg (1677, Dr.theol.). He held church offices in Siles…

Yvon, Pierre

(212 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (1646, Montauban, Languedoc – 1707, Wiuwert, Friesland), student and closest companion of J. de Labadie. His parents took him to church as a child when Labadie was preaching and while he was still young sent him to Geneva, where he lived in Labadie’s house and studied philosophy and theology under his direction. Along with Pierre Bulignon and Jean Menuret, he became Labadie’s inseparable companion. Alongside Labadie at his later residences in the Netherlands, Germany (Herford), an…

Schurman, Anna Maria van

(177 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Nov 5, 1607, Cologne – May 14, 1678, Wieuvert, Friesland), daughter of Dutch Reformed parents, she lived in Utrecht after 1623 and was allowed to study at the university there (e.g. with G. Voetius). Her outstanding erudition and linguistic facility, coupled with artistic talent, gained her renown as the “prodigy of her time.” She corresponded with many scholars, including R. Descartes and Christian Huyghens, and defended the right of women to engage in scientific studies ( Dissertatio de ingenii muliebris ad doctrinam et meliores litteras aptitudine, 1643). Late…

Concord, The Book of

(375 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] The Book of Concord is the most widely circulated collection of Lutheran articles of faith (I). It was published (in German) under the title Concordia. Christian, Reiterated, Unanimous Confession of the Undersigned Electors, Princes, and Estates who Embrace the Augsburg Confession and of the Theologians of the Same Doctrine and Faith on Jun 25, 1580, the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the Augsburg Confession. It contains the three major creeds (Apostles' Creed, Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, …

Rechenberg, Adam

(162 words)

Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Sep 7, 1642, Leipsdorf, Saxony – Oct 22, 1721, Leipzig). After studying philosophy, history, and theology, Rechenberg began teaching in 1665 at the University of Leipzig; in 1677 he was appointed professor of philology and history. Through his fourth marriage (1686), to P.J. Spener’s eldest daughter Susann Catharina, he had close ties with Pietism. His appointment to succeed J.B. Carpzov (2) as professor of theology in 1699 effected a reversal in the attitude of the Leipzig theological faculty, which had been hostile to Pietism. His 1700 disputation De gratiae revo…

Undereyck, Theodor

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Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Jun 15, 1635, Duisburg – Jan 1, 1693, Bremen). After studying from 1654 to 1658 in Utrecht (with G. Voetius), Duisburg (with Johannes Clauberg [1622–1665]), and Leiden (with ¶ J. Coccejus), Undereyck set out on an extensive study tour, visiting Switzerland, France, and England. His piety was shaped by Dutch precisianism (J. van Lodenstein). As a pastor in Mühlheim an der Ruhr from 1660 to 1668, Undereyck pressed for conversion and rebirth (Regeneration), called on people at home, and engaged in catechesis. F…

Myslenta, Cölestin

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Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Mar 27, 1588, Kutten near Angerburg, East Prussia – Apr 30, 1653, Königsberg). Born into the Polish nobility, Myslenta learned German only in adult life. He studied theology in Königsberg, Wittenberg and Giessen (1619 Dr.theol. in Gießen). Then he studied oriental languages under T. Erpenius in Leiden and J. Buxtorf senior in Basel. For six months he pursued rabbinic and talmudic studies in the ghetto in Frankfurt am Main. From 1619 he was professor of Hebrew language and profess…

Knorr von Rosenroth, Christian

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Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Jul 15, 1636, Alt-Raudten, Silesia – May 4, 1689, near Sulzbach, Upper Palatinate). After studies in Leipzig, Knorr von Rosenroth traveled to the Netherlands and to England. From 1668, he was councilor, and from 1687 chancellery director in Sulzbach. He was the main authority in spiritual matters at the supra-denominational court of Count Christian August von Pfalz-Sulzbach, which attracted scholars and artists. He became friends with F.M. van Helmont, J. Schütz, and the Quaker B…

Labadie, Jean de

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Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Feb 13, 1610, Bourg, near Bordeaux – Feb 12, 1674, Altona, near Hamburg). Labadie entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1625; in 1639, after theological studies (1636–1639) at Bordeaux and ordination to the priesthood, he obtained permission to leave the Jesuits and become a secular priest. He founded devotional communities in Paris and southern France, for a time showing some attraction to Jansenism. Soon he was struck by the idea of reforming the church after the model of the earlies…

Horb, Johann Heinrich

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Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Jun 11, 1645, Colmar – Jan 26, 1695, Schlems near Hamburg). A disciple of J.K. Dannhauer, Horb initially devoted himself to controversial theology, but became a reform-zealous Pietist under the influence of P.J. Spener, whose sister he married in 1671. Involved in conflicts with Protestant orthodoxy (II, 2) throughout his entire life, Horb was removed from office in Trarbach, where he had officiated as pastor and inspector from 1671 to 1678. From Windsheim in Franconia (superinte…

August, Duke of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel

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Author(s): Wallmann, Johannes
[German Version] (Apr 10, 1579, Dannenberg – Sep 17, 1666, Wolfenbüttel). After studying in Rostock, Tübingen, and Strasbourg, and journeying to Italy, France, and England, August led a withdrawn, scholar's life from 1604 to 1634 in Hitzacker, where he collected books and art treasures, and corresponded with, for example, J.V. Andreae. His court preacher Heinrich Varenius lent his …
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