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Kurtz, Johann Heinrich

KURTZ, JOHANN HEINRICH (1800-1890), German Lutheran theologian, was born at Montjoie near Aix la Chapelle OR the 13th of December 1809, and was educated at Halle and Bonn. Abandoning the idea of a commercial career, he gave himself to the study of theology and became religious instructor at the gymnasium of Mitau in 1835, and ordinary professor of theology (church history, 1850; exegesis, 1859) at Dorpat. He resigned his chair in 1870 and went to live at Marburg, where he died on the 26th of April 1890. Kurtz was a prolific writer, and many of his books, especially the Lehrbuch der heiligen Geschichte(i&\3), became very popular. In the field of biblical criticism he wrote a Geschichte des Allen Bundes (1848-1855), Zur Theologie der Psalmen (1865) and Erkliirung des Briefs an die Hebrder (1869). His chief work was done in church history, among his productions being Lehrbuch der Kirchengeschichte fur Studierende (1849), Abriss der Kirchengeschichte (1852) and Handbuch der allgemeinen Kirchengeschichte (1853-1856). Several of his books have been translated into English.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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