Title Apologia verae Doctrinę de Definitione Evangelii. Opposita Thrasonici pręstigiis & indignis Theologo lusibus Iohannis VVigandi.
Type Pamphlet, bound
Highlights Title translation: A Defence of true Doctrine from an Exposition of the Gospel. In Opposition to the vainglorious, deluded, and unworthy, shifty theologian, Johann Wigand. 1571
Location Published Wittenberg
Book Number 13087
Christoph Pezel, Lutheran Crypto-Calvinist turned Reformed; Writing against Johann Wigand, Wittenberg, 1571.
"He is particularly interesting as showing the evolution from Melanchthon's attitude towards predestination to the complete determinism of the Calvinistic concept of the dogma."
PEZEL, CHRISTOPH. Apologia verae Doctrinę de Definitione Evangelii. Opposita Thrasonicis pręstigiis & indignis Theologo lusibus Iohannis VVigandi. Authore Christophoro Pezelio, Sacre Theologię Doctore & Professore in Academia Wvitebergensi. [small simple woodcut device] VVitebergę, Excudebant Clemens Schleich & Antonius Schöne, Anno M.D.LXXI.  quarto, 15.7 x 19.5cm (pages) $750.00
Christoph Pezel (1539-1604) "German crypto-Calvinist... He was educated at the universities of Jena and Wittenberg...in 1569 was ordained preacher at the Schloss-kirche in Wittenberg. In the same year he entered the theological faculty, where he soon became involved in the disputes between the followers of Melanchthon and Luther, writing the Apologia verę doctrinę de definitione Evangelii (Wittenberg, 1571) and being the chief author of the Wittenberg catechism of 1571. He soon took a leading position as a zealous Philippist."--G. Kawerau in New Schaff-Herzog Ency. Rel. Knowl. IX:4. He was banished in 1576 for his Calvinism, but was called to Nassau the following year where he helped to introduce Calvinism. Bremen called him in 1581, and there he laid the foundation of Reformed church life. "Pezel did away with Luther's Catechism, substituting for it his own Bremen catechism, which remained in force until the eighteenth century, removed images and pictures from the churches, formed a ministerium which united the clergy, and, by his Consensus ministerii Bremensis ecclesię of 1595, prepared the way for the complete acceptance of Calvinistic doctrine." "He is particularly interesting as showing the evolution from Melanchthon's attitude towards predestination to the complete determinism of the Calvinistic concept of the dogma."--ibid. The Apologia is one of Pezel's earlier writings and was directed against Johann Wigand. Johann Wigand (1523-1587) had studied at Wittenberg hearing Luther, Melancthon & Cruciger. He was a staunch defender of orthodox Lutheran doctrine. Title translation: A Defence of true Doctrine from an Exposition of the Gospel. In Opposition to the vainglorious, deluded, and unworthy, shifty theologian, Johann Wigand.
Bound modern hardcover with brown variegated paper over boards, two small circular stamps on verso of title, very small piece torn from bottom edge of title, light & thin water stain along bottom and fore-edge of leaves D1-F1, light foxing. Collation: A-F4. Pagination: pp. One decorative woodcut initial.
OCLC locates 4 libraries in the U.S. holding copies of this title: Andrews Univ., Harvard Div. Sch.; Luth. Theol. Sem.(PA); U. Wisconsin;1 library in UK: British Library; 6 libraries in Germany: Herzog August Bibl., Statts und U. Bremen, ULBSachsen Anhat Zentrale, Sachsiche LandesBibl., Universitatsbibliothek Tubingen, Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek; 2 in France: Bibliotheque Nat & Univ Strasbourg, Bibliotheque Nationale; 1 In Denmark:Danish Union Cat & Danish Natl Bibl. (13087)