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Planck, Gottlieb Jakob

PLANCK, GOTTLIEB JAKOB (1751-1833), German Protestant divine and historian, was born at Niirtingen'in Wiirttemberg, where his father was a notary, on the 15th of November 1751. Educated for the Protestant ministry at Blaubeuren, Bebenhausen and Tubingen, he became repentent at Tubingen in 1774, preacher at Stuttgart in 1780, and professor of theology at Gottingen in 1784. At Tubingen he wrote Das Tagebuch eines neuen Ehemannes. In 1781 he published anonymously the first volume of his Geschichle des protestantischen Lehrbegriffs; the second, also anonymous, appearing in 1783, and it was completed in six volumes in 1800. It was followed by an extensive Geschichte der christlich-kirchlichen Gesellschaftsverfassung in five volumes (1803-1809). Both are works of considerable importance, and are characterized by abundant learning. He died on the 31st of August 1833. His son Heinrich Ludwig Planck (1785-1831), also professor of theology at Gottingen, published Bemerkungen tiber den ersten Brief an den Timotheus (1808) and Abriss d. philos. Religionslehre (1821).

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