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Melanchthon, Philipp
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Philipp Melanchthon (1497–1560) was the most significant German reformer after Martin Luther. Melanchthon was born in Bretten, Palatinate, as the son of the armorer George Schwarzerdt. After attending the distinguished Pforzheim Latin School, he matriculated in Heidelberg in 1509 at the early age of 12. (That year also his surname was changed from Schwarzerdt to the Greek equivalent, Melanchthon [black earth].) He received his bachelor of arts in 1511 and from 1512 studied in Tübingen, where he earned his …

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Kaufmann, Thomas, “Melanchthon, Philipp”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M354>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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