SPITTA, FRIEDRICH (1852- ), German Protestant theologian, was born at Wittingen on the loth of January 1852. His father, Karl Johann Philipp (1801-1859), well known as a hymn-writer (see Lyra domestica, 1st series, London, 1860; 2nd series, 1864). was superintendent at Burgdorf near Hanover. Friedrich studied at Gottingen and Erlangen, and in course of time became (1887) professor ordinarius and university preacher at Strassburg. In 1896 he became joint-editor with J. Smend of the M ' onatschrift fiir Gottesdienst und kirchliche Kunsl, and he is widely known as the author of a work on the Acts of the Apostles (Die Apostelgeschichte, ihre Quellen und deren geschichtlicher Wert (1891).
His other works include : Der Knabe Jesus, eine biblische Geschichte und ihre apokryphischen Rntstellungen (1883), Die Offenbarung des Johannes (1889), Zur Reform des evang. Kultus (1891), and Zur Geschichte und Litteratur des Urchristentums (3 vols., 18931901).
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