Philip Melanchthon, 1497–1560

[Mentioned in Christian Healing, p. 2]

Philip Melanchthon, the Teacher of Germany and a layman leader under Martin Luther of the Reformation in Germany, was a precocious child. His father died when Philip was eleven, and soon after that his mother's uncle, the great scholar Reuchlin, directed the boy's education. It was Reuchlin who declared that so learned a youth should not be called by the name of Schwartzerd, meaning black earth, but by its Greek equivalent Melanchthon.

At fifteen Melanchthon received his B. A. at Heidelberg University. Three years later he was given an M. A. at the University of Tübingen and started lecturing on the classics.

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