Johann Fabricius (theologian)

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Johann Fabricius at the age of 53
Johann Fabricius as " emeritus ", contemporary engraving listing his titles, including Abbas Regiae Luterae , Abbot of Königslutter
Johann Fabricius, portrait from the epitaph in the Kaiserdom Königslutter

Johann Fabricius (born February 11, 1644 in Altdorf near Nuremberg ; † January 29, 1729 in Königslutter ) was a German Lutheran theologian .


From 1663 Fabricius studied at the University of Helmstedt , later in Altdorf and was shaped by Georg Calixt's Irish theology.

In Venice he was at times a German merchant preacher. In 1677 he was appointed to the University of Altdorf and in 1697 moved to the University of Helmstedt , where he taught until 1709 and during this time held the office of dean and rector several times. In 1701 he was appointed abbot of the Königslutter monastery in addition to his university professorship and in 1703 he was appointed to the ducal Braunschweig consistorial councilor. Also in 1703 Fabricius became a member of the Berlin Academy of Sciences .

For the Duke Anton Ulrich von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel he wrote an expert opinion that the conversion of his granddaughter Elisabeth Christine to Catholicism - about the later Emperor Karl VI. to be able to marry - declared to be compatible with the salvation of the soul. When this report became known, he had to give up the Helmstedt chair and retired to Königslutter. After his death in 1729 he was buried in the imperial cathedral. Its elaborate epitaph is on the south wall of the transept.


Disputatio Theologica, Qua Historia Sacra Contra Nonnullos Pictorum Errores Vindicatur. Meyer, Altdorfi 1684. ( digitized version )


Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. The Duke himself converted to the Roman Catholic Church in 1710 .
  2. ^ Norbert H. Funke: Companion through the Kaiserdom Königslutter , Braunschweig 2011, p. 55