Philip Melanchthon

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Philip Melanchthon (l. 1497-1560) was a German scholar and theologian who provided the intellectual rationale and systematized theology for the reformed vision of Christianity of his friend Martin Luther (l. 1483-1546). He was always overshadowed by Luther, but the Protestant Reformation would not have developed or succeeded as it did without him.

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  • 1497 - 1560
    Life of German theologian and reformer Philip Melanchthon.
  • 1507
    Melanchthon enrolled in Latin school at ten years old.
  • 1509
    Melanchthon enrolled at University of Heidelberg.
  • 1518
    Melanchthon accepts position as Professor of Greek at Wittenberg.
  • 1521
    Melanchthon writes his Loci communes.
  • 1530
    Melanchthon writes his Augsburg Confession.
  • 1546
    Melanchthon becomes leader of the Reformation in Germany after Luther's death.
  • 1548
    Melanchthon writes his History of the Life and Acts of Luther.
  • 1548 - 1560
    Melanchthon continues to work for the cause of Reformation until his death.