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Philip Melanchthon
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Philipp Melanchthon was born Philipp Schwartzerdt in Bretten in 1497. He changed his name to Melanchthon, the Greek equivalent of Schwartzerdt (which means ‘black earth’) on the suggestion of his great-uncle, Johannes Reuchlin, the famous humanist and Hebraist. Young Philipp’s willingness to take up the suggestion, while possibly indicative of a care for his uncle, was …

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Balserak, Jon, “Philip Melanchthon”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 24 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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