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Claude, Jean

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1619, La-Sauvetat-du-Dropt – Jan 13, 1687, The Hague). After studying at Montauban, Claude became a pastor in St. Affrique and, from 1654, in Nîmes. In 1661, he was forbidden to preach after plans to reunify the Protestants with the Catholic Church were rejected by a provincial synod over which he presided; in 1662, he became pastor and professor in Montauban, and in 1666 pastor in Charenton, near Paris. Following the revocation of the Edict of …

Ruchat, Abraham

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Sep 15, 1678, Vevey, Vaud – Sep 28, 1750, Lausanne). After studies in Bern, Berlin, and Leiden, Ruchat was appointed pastor in Aubonne in 1709, then in Rolle in 1716. In 1721 he was appointed professor of literature and in 1733 professor of theology in Lausanne. In 1727/1728 he published a Histoire de la réformation de la Suisse (6 vols., covering 1516–1536). His life work, an Histoire générale de la Suisse (to 1516), was never published. His works, based on meticulous archival research but still written with an apologetic aim, made him the father …

Franeker

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] Franeker, principal town in the district of Franekeradeel in the Dutch province of Friesland. In 1585, the governor of Friesland, Count William Louis of Nassau, founded the second university in the northern Netherlands (after Leiden, 1575) with faculties of theology, law, the arts, and (from 1589) medicine. As a result of the attendance of numerous students from western Germany, Hungary, and the Scandinavian countries, the university attained European stature during the 17th centu…

Quesnel, Pasquier (Paschasius)

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Jul 14, 1634, Paris – Dec 2, 1719, Amsterdam). After studying theology, Quesnel joined the Oratorians in 1657. Ordained to the priesthood in 1659, he became director of the order’s school in Paris. His early Réflexions morales sur le Nouveau Testament (1668; ET: The New Testament, with Moral Reflections upon Every Verse, 1719–1725), a major work that appeared in various editions and was also widely read in Germany, already showed his Jansenist leanings (Jansenism) and aroused much hostility. His defense of Gallican liberties (Gal…

Vossius, Gerardus Joannis

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Mar/Apr 1577, Heidelberg – Mar 17, 1649, Amsterdam), philologist and Reformed theologian. After studying philosophy and theology at Leiden, he was appointed rector of the Latin ¶ school in Dordrecht in 1600; in 1615, with the help of his friend H. Grotius, he was appointed dean of the theological college in Leiden. He lost that position in 1619 on account of his contacts with the Remonstrants (Remonstration), but in 1622 he was installed in the newly created chair of rhetoric and history at Leiden. In 1631…

Maccovius, Johannes

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Makowski; 1588, Lobzenic, Poland – Jun 24, 1644, Franeker, the Netherlands) attended secondary school in Danzig and studied in various places including Heidelberg. In 1614 in Franeker he became a doctor of theology, and already in 1615 was appointed there to the post of professor of theology and physics. By his Aristotelian teaching he made a significant contribution to the development of Reformed orthodoxy (II, 2.b). His supralapsarian teaching on predestination (Predestination:…

Rabaut, Paul

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Jan 29, 1718, Bédarieux, Département Hérault – Sep 25, 1794, Nîmes). At an early age, he joined with Jean Bétrine (1718–1756) and for four years shared with him the dangerous life of an itinerant preacher of the “church in the desert.” In 1738 he was formally admitted as a preacher in Nîmes; in 1740/1741 he studied with A. Court for six months at the theological seminary in Lausanne. During the following 40 years of his ministry as a pastor of the persecuted Reformed Church in Fr…

Junius, Franciscus, the Elder

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (du Jon; May 1, 1545, Bourges – Oct 13, 1602, Leiden). After studying law in Bourges and theology in Geneva with T. Beza, Junius became the French preacher in Antwerp in 1565 and in the Electoral Palatinate in 1567. There, from 1573 onward, he collaborated with I. Tremellius on a Latin translation of the Old Testament. In 1576, he became professor of theology in Neustadt an der Haardt, in ¶ 1584 in Heidelberg and in 1592 in Leiden. With his Eirenicum de pace ecclesiae catholicae (first in Fr., 1593), written for Henry IV of France, which proposed a Gallican model…

Marsay, Charles Hector de

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1688, Paris – Feb 2, 1753, Ampleben, near Wolfenbüttel). Influenced by the writings of the quietist mystic A. Bourignon, Marsay, of a noble Huguenot family, left military service in 1711 to retire from the world and lead a contemplative life with the colony of exiles on the property of the countess of Wittgenstein at Schwarzenau, near Berleburg. After 1712 Marsay, in a spiritual marriage with Clara Elisabeth v. Callenberg, lived an unsettled life in various places as a spiritual …

Nymwegen (Nijmegen), Universität

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] . Bereits im 17.Jh. befand sich in der 1591 durch Moritz von Oranien eingenommenen Stadt N. eine Lateinschule und eine calvinistische Akademie, an der bekannte Theologen wie Ch. Wittich und J. Braun lehrten. Kriegswirren machten der 1655 gegründeten Akademie 1679 ein Ende. Versuche einer Neugründung im 18.Jh. scheiterten. Erst 1923 wurde nach fast 20jährigem Bemühen der St. Radboudstiftung die kath. Universität N., nach Karl dem Großen »Universitas Carolina« genannt, als Gegenstü…

Montauban

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] is now the administrative center of the Tarn et Garonne département; it became Protestant as early as 1561 on the conversion of Bishop Jean de Lettes. In 1570 the Edict of Saint-Germain-en-Laye gave it the status of a place of safety for Protestants (Huguenots: I, 1), and by the beginning of the 17th century it was, with La Rochelle, one of the most important centers of French Protestantism. A school was founded there in 1579, and then, following a resolution of the 1598 National Synod of M…

Vorstius

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] (Vorst), Konrad (19.7.1569 Köln – 29.9.1622 Tönning), arminianischer Theologe, studierte 1589–1593 in Herborn bei J. Piscator, 1593–1594 in Heidelberg sowie in Basel und Genf und wurde 1596 Prof. der Theol. am Gymnasium Illustre in Steinfurt, 1611 in Leiden. Schon früh des Sozinianismus beschuldigt, wurde er 1619 durch die Dordrechter Synode verurteilt und aus den Niederlanden ausgewiesen. Mit anderen Remonstranten (Remonstration) fand er zuletzt Zuflucht in Holstein. Neben mehrer…

Tilenus

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Tilenus, Daniel (4.2.1563 Goldberg, Schlesien – 1.8.1633 Paris), ref. Theologe, wurde nach Studien in Deutschland 1602 zum Prof. der Theol. an die Akademie von Sedan berufen. In der Auseinandersetzung mit P. Du Moulin über das Verständnis der unio hypostatica warf er diesem vor, die Ubiquität zu vertreten. Im Vorfeld der Dordrechter Synode verteidigte T. die Position der Remonstranten gegen J. Camero und verlor daraufhin 1618 seine Professur. Gegen die Presbyterianer hob er den We…

Pajon

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Pajon, Claude (1626 Romorantin, De´partement Loir-et Cher – 27.9.1685 Carre´ bei Orle´ans), wurde nach dem Theologiestudium in Saumur 1650 Pastor in Marchenoir und nach 1666 Theologieprof. in Saumur. Als Schüler von M. Amyraut und J. Camero vertrat er deren Auffassungen in der Gnaden- und Prädestinationslehre und suchte der Lehrverurteilung durch die Übernahme eines Pfarramts in Orle´ans 1668 zu entkommen. P. hat sich frühaufklärerischer Mittel bedient, um die ref. Lehre – teilwei…

Valesius

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Valesius, Heinrich (Henri de Valois; 10.9.1603 Paris – 7.5.1676 ebd.), Philologe, war nach dem Jurastudium in Bourges 1622–1624 als Parlamentsadvokat in Paris tätig, widmete sich aber seit 1630 philol. Arbeiten. 1634 erschien eine erste Edition griech. Kirchenväter, seit 1650 arbeitete er im Auftrag des franz. Episkopats an der Edition der griech. Kirchenhistoriker (Eusebius von Caesarea, 1659; Sokrates und Sozomenus, 1668; Theodoret von Cyrus und Evagrius Ponticus, 1673). Christoph Strohm Bibliography A.de Valois, De vita Henrici Valesii histori…

Roëll

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Roëll, Hermann Alexander (1653 Dolberg, Grafschaft Mark – 12.7.1718 Amsterdam), ref. Theologe, wurde nach Studium in Utrecht bei F. Burman (1.), in Groningen bei J. Alting und in Zürich bei J.H. Heidegger 1679 Hofprediger in Herford, 1680 in Leeuwarden und 1682 Pfarrer in Deventer. Von 1686 an lehrte er an der Universität Franeker Philos. und Theol. sowie seit 1704 Theol. in Utrecht. Die Theol. des moderaten coccejanischen Cartesianers (J. Coccejus, R. Descartes) geht vom Begriff d…

Trelcatius

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] 1.Lucas d. Ä. , (1542 Erin bei Douai – 28.8.1602 Leiden), ref. Theologe, wurde nach dem Studium in Paris und Aufenthalten in London, Lille, Brüssel und Antwerpen 1585 Pfarrer der franz. Gemeinde in Leiden und 1587 auch Prof. der Theol. an der Universität ebd. Christoph Strohm Bibliography Werke s.u. 2. Über T.: A. Eekhof, De theologische faculteit de Leiden in de 17de eeuw, 1921 H.L. Clotz, Hochschule für Holland. Die Universität Leiden im Spannungsfeld zw. Provinz, Stadt und Kirche, 1575–1619, 1998. 2.Lucas d.J. (25.4.1570 London – 12.9.1607 Leiden), Soh…

Quesnel

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Quesnel, Pasquier (Paschasius; 14.7.1634 Paris – 2.12.1719 Amsterdam), trat nach dem Studium der Theol. 1657 bei den Oratorianern ein, wurde 1659 Priester und 1662 Leiter des Pariser Instituts des Ordens. Bereits sein frühes, in verschiedenen Varianten erschienenes und auch in Deutschland wirkungsreiches Hauptwerk »Re´flexions morales sur le Nouveau Testament« (1668) offenbarte seine jansenistische Orientierung (Jansenismus) und führte zu zahlreichen Anfeindungen. Die Verteidigung…

Sartorius

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] (Schröder), Jakob (ca.1560 Schönfließ, Brandenburg – 1626 Großen-Englis, Hessen), ref. Theologe, wurde als Pfarrer (seit 1585) in Rietberg 1607 von Paderborner Jesuiten vertrieben und später Pfarrer in Ropperhausen (Hessen). Seine gegen die Jesuiten 1606 vf. »Brennende Fackel« ist nicht erhalten. Ein 1612 gedr. »Kurzer, doch gründlicher Bericht« zeigt S.' Übergang vom Luthertum zum Calvinismus, wobei er bestrebt ist, die Übereinstimmungen aufzuzeigen. Christoph Strohm Bibliography F. Flaskamp, J.S. (AKuG 45, 1963, 313–333).

Salmasius

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Salmasius, Claudius (Claude de Saumaise; 15.4.1588 Semur-en-Auxois, Bourgogne – 3.9.1653 Spa), Philologe und Jurist, studierte bei I. Casaubonus in Paris und bei Dionysius Gothofredus (1549–1622) in Heidelberg. Schon früh veröff. er komm. Editionen und Werke zur Gesch. der Alten Kirche, wies den Primatsanspruch des Papstes zurück und setzte sich krit. mit den Jesuiten auseinander. Da ihm wegen seines calvinistischen Bekenntnisses die vorgesehene Beamtenlaufbahn in Dijon unmöglich …

Reina

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Reina, Cassiodoro de (um 1520 Sevilla [?] – 15.3.1594 Frankfurt/M.). R. floh 1557 wegen ev. Auffassungen aus Spanien über die Niederlande und England nach Frankfurt/M. Von 1559 bis 1563 war er Pfarrer der ev. Spanier in London und von 1578 bis 1585 der luth. Gemeinde in Antwerpen, später lebte er meist in Frankfurt. 1569 erschien in Basel sein bedeutendstes Werk, eine span. Bibelübers. Christoph Strohm Bibliography A.G. Kinder, C. de R. Spanish Reformer of the 16th Century, 1975.

Vossius

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Vossius, Gerardus Joannis (März/April 1577 Heidelberg – 17.3.1649 Amsterdam), Philologe und ref. Theologe, wurde nach Studium der Philos. und Theol. in Leiden 1600 Rektor der Lateinschule in Dordrecht und 1615 mit Hilfe seines Freundes H. Grotius Regens des theol. Staaten-Kollegiums in Leiden. Wegen seiner Kontakte zu den Remonstranten (Remonstration) verlor er 1619 dieses Amt, erhielt dann aber 1622 die neugeschaffene Professur für Eloquenz und Gesch. in Leiden und 1631 die Profes…

Sibel

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Sibel, Kaspar (9.6.1590 Gut Bardt bei Elberfeld – 1.1.1658 Deventer), ref. Theologe, wurde nach dem Studium in Herborn, Siegen und Leiden 1609 Pfarrer in Randerath (Jülich) und 1617 in Deventer. Als Teilnehmer der Dordrechter Synode 1618/19 vertrat S., der auch an der niederländischen NT-Übers. mitgearbeitet hat, eine gemäßigte Orthodoxie (: II.,2., b). Christoph Strohm Bibliography J. Reitsma, Geschiedenis van de Hervorming en de Hervormde kerk der Nederlanden, 51949.

Placeus

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] (de la Place), Josue´ (1596 Saumur – 1655/56 ebd.), wurde nach dem Studium der Theol. in Saumur bei J. Camero 1621 Prof. für Philos. und Gesch. ebd., 1625 Pfarrer in Nantes und 1633 Prof. für Theol. wiederum in Saumur. Mit den befreundeten M. Amyraut und L. Cappellus milderte er den strengen Calvinismus durch die Hervorhebung ethischer und allgemeinmenschlicher Aspekte, so z.B. in der Modifikation der Lehre von der Erbsünde. Mit Berufung auf Calvin und aus Interesse an der moralisch…

Scholten

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Scholten,  Johann Heinrich (17.8.1811 Vleuten bei Utrecht – 10.4.1885 Leiden), 1837 Prediger in Meerkerk, 1840 Prof. in Franeker, 1843 a.o. Prof. und 1845 o. Prof. für NT und Dogmatik in Leiden, seit 1877 für Religionsphilos. Sch. hat unter dem Einfluß der Tübinger Schule (Tübingen: I.) einschlägige Werke zur Gesch. der urchristl. Lit. vf. und dabei hist.-krit. Zugänge apologetischen Zwecken dienstbar gemacht. Bedeutsamer für die »moderne« Richtung der niederländischen Theol. sind…

Perrot

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Perrot, Charles (1541–15.10.1608 Genf), studierte als Sohn eines Pariser Parlamentsrates vermutlich in Bourges Jura, 1564 in Genf Theol. Bis 1567 war er Pfarrer in Moens (Ain) und Genthod und seit 1567 in Genf. 1570–1572 und 1588–1592 war er Rektor der Akademie und vertrat mehrfach Th. Beza als Lehrer der Theol., bevor er 1598 selbst Theologieprof. wurde. Irenisch gesinnt, erregte er mit seiner Forderung nach Toleranz und insbes. der Abschaffung der Unterzeichnung der »Formula con…

Witsius

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] , Hermann (12.2.1636 Enkhuizen – 22.10.1708 Leiden), ref. Theologe, war nach Studium in Utrecht und Groningen 1657–1675 Pfarrer in Westwoud, Wormer, Goes und Leeuwarden, sodann Prof. der Theol. in Franeker (1675–1680), Utrecht (1680–1698) und Leiden (1698–1707). Durch G. Voetius beeinflußt, entfaltete er eine Föderaltheol., die stärker als die J. Coccejus' bibl. orientiert war. W. bekämpfte den Cartesianismus ebenso wie den separatistischen Labadismus (J. de Labadie) und versuchte ohne Erfolg, Voetianer und Coccejaner zu versöhnen. Christoph Strohm Bib…

Rabaut

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Rabaut, Paul (29.1.1718 Bédarieux, Département Hérault – 25.9.1794 Nîmes), schloß sich schon in jugendlichem Alter Jean Bétrine (1718–1756) an und teilte mit diesem vier Jahre lang das gefährliche Wanderleben des Predigers der »Kirche in der Wüste«. Nach dem Antritt des Vikariats in Nîmes 1738 studierte er 1740/41 sechs Monate am theol. Seminar in Lausanne bei A. Court. In den folgenden 40 Jahren seiner Tätigkeit als Pfarrer der verfolgten ref. Kirche in Frankreich (Hugenotten) er…

Wittich

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] , Christoph (7.10.1625 Brieg – 19.5.1687 Leiden), ref. Theologe, studierte zuerst Jurisprudenz, dann Theol. in Bremen, Groningen und Leiden, wo er die Philos. R. Descartes' kennenlernte. 1650 Prof. der Philos. in Herborn, 1652 Pfarrer in Duisburg, 1655 Prof. der Theol. in Nijmwegen und 1671 in Leiden, schloß er sich der Föderaltheologie J. Coccejus' an. Sein Versuch, die ref. Dogmatik mit dem Cartesianismus zu vereinbaren, ließ ihn mehrfach mit kirchl. Autoritäten in Konflikt gera…

Sedan

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] . Die Stadt in den Ardennen, die im MA im Grenzbereich des franz. Königreiches und des dt. Reiches lag, wurde am Ende des 16.Jh. ein wichtiger Rückzugsort verfolgter Protestanten. Der Landesherr Henri de la Tour erhob 1601 eine seit 1579 bestehende Schule in den Rang einer ref. Akademie. Sie bestand aus einer philos., einer theol. und einer juristischen Fakultät. Nachdem 1642 die Herrschaft an Ludwig XIII. übergegangen und die Arbeit in den 60er Jahren des 17.Jh. zunehmend behind…

Ruchat

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Ruchat, Abraham (15.9.1678 Vevey, Waadt – 28.9.1750 Lausanne), wurde nach Studium in Bern, Berlin und Leiden 1709 Pfarrer in Aubonne, 1716 in Rolle und war seit 1721 Prof. der Lit., seit 1733 Prof. der Theol. in Lausanne. 1727/28 veröff. er eine »Histoire de la réformation de la Suisse« (6 Bde., 1516–1536). Sein Lebenswerk war eine »Histoire générale de la Suisse« (bis 1516), die jedoch ungedr. blieb. Mit seinen auf akribischen Archivstudien beruhenden, aber noch apologetischen Zi…

Orangeois

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] . Im südfranz. Fürstentum Orange, das durch Erbschaft an das Haus Nassau-Oranien gekommen war, hatte die Reformation früh ihren Einzug gehalten. Orange verlor jedoch im Span. Erbfolgekrieg seine Souveränität, und 1703 erließ Ludwig XIV. dort ein Verbot der ref. Kirche. Die um ihres Glaubens willen Exilierten, O. genannt, ließen sich zum großen Teil nach einem vorläufigen Aufenthalt in Genf oder der Schweiz in Brandenburg-Preußen (Burg, Halberstadt, Magdeburg und Halle) nieder. In…

Roëll, Hermann Alexander

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1653, Dolberg/Mark – Jul 12, 1718, Amsterdam), Reformed theologian. Following study in Utrecht under F. Burman (1), in Groningen under J. Alting, and in Zürich under J.H. Heidegger, Roëll became court preacher in Herford in 1679, and pastor in Leeuwarden in 1680, and in Deventer in 1682. From 1686 he taught philosophy and theology at Franeker University, and from 1704 theology in Utrecht. He was a moderate Cocceian Cartesian (J. Cocceius, R. Descartes), whose theology was based on the concept of conscientia as an innate idea that makes possible God-given know…

Scaliger, Joseph Justus

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Aug 4/5, 1540 Agen, Département Lot-et-Garonne – Jan 21, 1609, Leiden). After initial instruction at home by his father, Scaliger studied in Paris, where he joined the Huguenots in 1562. From 1572 to 1574 he taught at the academy in Geneva (II), afterwards working as an independent scholar. In 1593 he was appointed to the chair of ancient languages at Leiden, succeeding J. Lipsius. Editor of many ancient works, he proved to be an outstanding textual critic. As the father of the m…

Maresius (des Marets), Samuel

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Aug 9, 1599, Oisemont, Picardy – May 18, 1673, Groningen). After studying in Paris, Saumur, and Geneva, Maresius became a pastor in Laon in 1620 and in Falaise in 1624. Appointed professor at Sedan in 1625, he went to Maastricht as a Walloon pastor in 1631; in 1636 to went on to 's-Hertogenbosch and finally was appointed professor in Groningen in 1643, where he also became a pastor in 1652. His works are mostly in the area of controversial theology. Until 1636 his primary target …

Tilenus, Daniel

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Feb 4, 1563, Goldberg, Silesia [Złotoryja, Poland] – Aug 1, 1633, Paris), Reformed theologian. After studying in Germany, Tilenus was appointed professor of theology at the Academy of Sedan. In his dispute with P. Du Moulin over the interpretation of the unio hypostatica, he accused Du Moulin of advocating ubiquity. During preparations for the Synod of Dort, Tilenus defended the position of the Remonstrants against J. Cameron, a stance that lost him his chair in 1618. Against the Presbyterians, he emphasized the value of…

Gentile, Valentino

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Gentilis; c. 1520 Cosenza, Calabria – Sep 10, 1566, Bern), a humanist, joined the Italian refugee community in Geneva after his flight from Italy in 1557. Under the influence of M. Gribaldi, he ¶ criticized the church's doctrine of the Trinity and, thus, came into conflict with the Genevan authorities. His rejection of the scholastic concept of substance and his intensive involvement with the church fathers led him to a subordinationist understanding of the Trinity. The Father alone is the source of deity and the…

Groningen, University of

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] The Rijksuniversiteit Groningen was established by the provinces on Nov 26, 1612 as the third university in the northern Netherlands following Leiden (1575) and Franeker (1585) and was opened on Aug 23, 1614 in a former monastery. It included chairs for theology, law, medicine, philosophy, history and mathematics. The first rector was the Calvinist East-Frisian historian, Ubo Emmius (1547– 1625). Through many foreign students and outstanding scholars, the university gained a lofty…

Leiden, University

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] Wishing that the formation of pastors and jurists should not be left to the Catholic University of Leuven, William of Orange founded the first university of the northern Netherlands in Leiden in 1575. In addition to the theological and juridical fields of study, departments of philosophy and literature as well as medicine were also planned. From the very beginning, the university was characterized by a strong orientation to Humanism (III) and Calvinism. The Humanist philologists J…

Charron, Pierre

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1541, Paris – Nov 16, 1603, Paris). After studying law, Charron became an advocate in Paris in 1571; soon, however, he entered the clergy and became a successful preacher in southern France, in part as court preacher to Queen Marguerite of Angoulême, and was a canon at Bordeaux. His Des trois vérités (1594), which led the bishop of Cahors to appoint him vicar-general, is an apology for the existence of God against atheists, for the Christian religion against Muslims and Jews, and for the Roman Catholic Church…

Lausanne, University

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] A year after the annexation of Vaud in 1536, the Bernese council established an academy in Lausanne, whose primary purpose was the training of Reformed clergy for the Francophone territories under Bernese rule. Until the Academy of Geneva (II) was founded in 1559, Lausanne was the only school of Protestant theology in the Francophone region, in which theology was taught along with the propaedeutic philosophical and humanistic subjects. At the outset, P. Viret taught theology and K…

Spanheim

(560 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] 1. Friedrich, the Elder ( Jan 1, 1600, Amberg – May 14, 1649, Leiden), Reformed theologian. He was appointed professor of theology in Geneva in 1626 and professor of theology in 1631; from 1633 to 1637 he served as rector of the university. He was appointed professor of theology in Leiden in 1642 and in 1648 he became pastor of the Walloon congregation there. He was a champion of strict Reformed orthodoxy as defined by the Synod of Dort, rejecting such theological positions as M. Amyraut’s doctrine of grace. Christoph Strohm Bibliography C. Borgeaud, Histoire de l’univers…

Sedan

(225 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] In the Middle Ages, this city in the Ardennes was in the borderland between the French kingdom and the German Empire; in the late 16th century, it became an important haven for persecuted Protestants. In 1601 the sovereign Henri de la Tour elevated a school founded in 1579 to the status of a Reformed academy, with faculties of philosophy, theology, and law. After sovereignty passed to Louis XIII in 1642, its work was increasingly hampered in the 1670s; a decree of Louis XIV shut i…

Le Maistre Family

(187 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] The three Le Maistre brothers were Jansenist theologians (Jansenism). The oldest, Antoine (May 2, 1608, Paris – Nov 4, 1658, Port Royal), was a successful lawyer in Paris and came under the influence of J. Duvergier de Hauranne, one of the first hermits in Port-Royal Abbey. Known for his piety, Antoine wrote apologies and, among other writings, also a biography of Bernard of Clairvaux. He began a Bible translation that was continued by the youngest brother, Isaac Louis (Mar 29, 1613, Paris – Jan 4, 1684, Pomponne; called Le Maistre de Sacy), who was the mo…

Witsius, Herman

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Wits; Feb 12, 1636, Enkhuizen – Oct 22, 1708, Leiden), Reformed theologian. After studying at Utrecht and Groningen, he served as pastor in Westwoud, Wormer, Goes, and Leeuwarden from 1657 to 1675, then as professor of theology at Frankener (1675–1680), Utrecht (1680–1698), and Leiden (1698–1707). Influenced by G. Voetius, he developed a federal theology, more biblically oriented than that of J. Cocceius. Witsius opposed Cartesianism as well as the separatist followers of J. de L…

Valesius, Henricus

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Henri de Valois; Sep 10, 1603, Paris – May 7, 1676, Paris), philologist. After studying law in Bourges from 1622 to 1624, he worked as a parliamentary lawyer in Paris, but from 1630 on he devoted himself to classical philology. In 1634 he published a first edition of several Greek church fathers. In 1650 he was commissioned by the French episcopate to work on an edition of the Greek church historians (Eusebius of Caesarea, 1659; Socrates Scholasticus and Sozomen, 1668; Theodoret of Cyrrhus and Evagrius Ponticus, 1673). Christoph Strohm Bibliography A. de Valois, De vita …

Place, Josué de la

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Placeus; 1596, Saumur – 1655/ 1656, Saumur). After theological studies under J. Cameron in Saumur, Place became professor of philosophy and history in Saumur in 1621, pastor in Nantes in 1625, and professor of theology in Saumur in 1633. Along with his friends M. Amyraut and L. Cappellus, he moderated strict Calvinism by emphasizing ethical and general human aspects, for example, in modifying the doctrine of original sin. With reference to Calvin, and on account of his interest i…

Cloppenburch, Johannes

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Cloppenburg; May 13, 1592, Amsterdam – Jul 30, 1652, Franeker) studied theology in Leiden under F. Gomarus and Johannes Polyander, as well as at several foreign universities, notably in Heidelberg, Basel and Geneva. He became pastor in Heusden (1618), Amsterdam (1621) and Brielle (1629). In 1640, he was appointed professor of theology in Harderwijk and, in 1643, in Franeker. The literary oeuvre of this staunch Calvinist is dominated by disputes with Mennonites, Arminians and Socinians. His Disputationes de foedere Dei et testamento veteri et novo (1643) prepared…

Saurin, Jacques

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Jan 6, 1677, Nîmes – Dec 30, 1730, The Hague), Reformed preacher and theologian. After fleeing from France in 1686 following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes (Huguenots: I, 1) and studying in Geneva, he became a pastor of refugee congregations in London, then after 1705 in The Hague. He gained a reputation as an outstanding preacher and used it in support of persecuted coreligionists. Moderately orthodox and totally averse to polemic, his biblical interpretations were primarily in the service of apologetic and ethical goals. Christoph Strohm Bibliography Works i…

Geuzen

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Fr. gueux, “beggar”), originally a taunt, soon the self-designation of Dutch aristocracy who opposed Spanish domination and Catholic persecutions of believers in the last third of the 16th century. The designation probably originated when one of the advisers of the Governor General, Margareta of Parma, upon being presented with a petition concerning, inter alia, the abolition of the Inquisition on Apr 5, 1566, cried out: “Voilà des beaux gueux.” The aristocracy and soon also other champions of freedom adopted this designation as ho…
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