Happy Birthday Melanchthon

Our Saxon friends write

Aside from Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon is considered Germany’s most important Protestant reformer. Even as a child, he impressed others through his extraordinary aptitude for ancient languages. His mentor, Johannes Reuchlin, recognised this talent in 1509 by translating Philipp’s last name, ‘Schwarzerdt’ (literally ‘black earth’), into the Greek ‘Melanchthon’.

Over the years, he became one of Luther’s trusted collaborators in the cause of the Reformation. Together they composed countless Protestant treatises, developed educational and liturgical regulations, and worked on the translation of the Bible. Accordingly, Melanchthon also accompanied the Saxon electors to the decisive imperial diets (‘Reichstage’) in Speyer (1529) and in Augsburg (1530). He composed the most important Protestant confession, the Augsburg Confession, while in that city.

Bildnachweis: Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon, 1537, by Lucas Cranach the Elder. / Melanchthon’s House in Wittenberg / Melanchthon’s Room in Wittenberg

PM is my favorite Lutheran.

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