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Philip Melanchthon (1497–1560)

Melanchthon, Philipp (me-langk’thon) [A Greek translation of his real name Schwarzerd, “black earth”]. A famous German theologian and religious reformer; born at Bretten, Baden, Feb. 16, 1497; died at Wittenberg, April 19, 1560. He was professor of Greek at Wittenberg (1518), and Luther’s chief literary helper in the German Reformation; revised the Augsburg Confession (1530); wrote the ‘Apology’ (1530); etc. His influence extended even to England. His principal theological work was ‘Loci Communes’ (1521), of which over sixty editions were issued during his life-time. The best edition of his works is in 24 vols., in the ‘Corpus Reformatorum’ (Body of Reformers: 1834–60).