By Michael J. Halvorson

Heinrich Heshusius (1556-97) grew to become a number one church superintendent and polemicist throughout the early age of Lutheran orthodoxy, and performed a huge position within the reform and management of a number of German towns throughout the overdue Reformation. in addition to supplying an creation to Heshusius's writings and concepts, this quantity explores the broader global of late-sixteenth-century German Lutheranism during which he lived and labored. particularly, it appears on the vital yet inadequately understood community of Lutheran priests in North Germany concentrated round universities reminiscent of Rostock, Jena, Königsberg, and Helmstedt, and territories akin to Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, within the years after the promulgation of the formulation of harmony (1577). In 1579, Heshusius his father Tilemann to the newly based college of Helmstedt, the place Heinrich served as a professor at the philosophy school and tested lasting connections in the Gnesio-Lutheran social gathering. within the 1590s, Heshusius accomplished his doctoral measure in theology and labored as a pastor and superintendent in Tonna and Hildesheim, publishing over seventy sermons in addition to a favored catechism in response to the Psalms and Luther's Small Catechism. As confessional tensions fastened in Hildesheim, Heshusius labored as a polemicist for the Lutheran reason, urgent for the conversion or expulsion of neighborhood Jews. even as, Heshusius started to argue aggressively for the expulsion of Jesuits, who have been expanding in quantity a result of actions of the neighborhood bishop and administrator, Ernst II of Bavaria. by way of discussing the relationship among those expulsion efforts, and the sensible actions Heshusius undertook as a preacher, catechist, and administrator, this examine portrays Heshusius as a zealous protector of Lutheran traditions within the face of confessional competitors. knowing this zeal, and the regulations, piety, and propaganda that got here hence, is a crucial think about bearing on how Lutheran orthodoxy received momentum inside Germany within the final a long time of the 16th century. In all this e-book will demonstrate the complicated features of an enormous (but almost unknown) Lutheran superintendent and theologian lively through the period of confessionalization, supplying an invaluable source for the continuing efforts of students hoping to appreciate the character of orthodoxy and its significance for early smooth Europeans.f

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