Romanus Teller (theologian)

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Romanus Teller (born February 21, 1703 in Leipzig ; † April 5, 1750 ibid) was a German Lutheran theologian.


The son of the archdeacon of the same name at the Nikolaikirche Romanus Teller (1671-1721) and his wife Susanna Marie, the daughter of the deputy headmaster in Weimar Johann Christian Kromayer, had received their first lessons from their father and was trained by private tutors. In 1719 he moved to the University of Leipzig , where he originally wanted to study medicine. However, during the course of his studies he decided to devote himself to studying theology, for which he attended the lectures by Georg Philipp Olearius , Johannes Cyprian , Johann Christoph Gösgen and Johann Gottlob Pfeiffer . In 1720 he became a baccalaureus and in 1721 a master's degree in philosophy. He also completed his habilitation in 1721. 1723 he became bachelor of theology, the same year catechist at St. Peter's and 1726 Saturday preacher at the St. Thomas Church .

In 1730 he accepted a call as a deacon at the St. Maximus Church in Merseburg . In 1732 he returned to Leipzig as an early preacher and senior catechist at the Peterskirche, in 1737 he became a subdeacon at the Thomaskirche and in 1739 a deacon there. In 1738 he was appointed associate professor at the Leipzig University. In 1739 he obtained a licentiate in theology and in 1740 he became a full professor of theology. He received his doctorate in 1741 with the dissertation de inaequalitate peccatorum as a doctor of theology, rose to the third theological professorship in Leipzig in 1745 and was associated with canon in Zeitz, pastor of St. Thomas Church and in 1748 assessor at the Leipzig consistory .


From his marriage to Wilhelmine Sophie Schütz (born November 23, 1710 in Leipzig; † March 15, 1754 ibid.), Daughter of the theologian Friedrich Wilhelm Schütz (born February 10, 1677 in Leipzig; † 27 January 1739 ibid.) And his wife Dorothea Schreiter (born September 14, 1678 in Wurzen; † April 15, 1726 in Leipzig), eleven children were born. From the children we know:

  • Romanus Teller (born December 21, 1732 in Leipzig; † April 15, 1779 ibid.) Dr. jur. and magistrate
  • Romanus Zacharias Teller (* and † January 20, 1733)
  • Wilhelm Abraham Teller (born January 9, 1734 in Leipzig, † December 9, 1804 in Berlin) theologian
  • Johann Friedrich Teller (born April 21, 1735 in Leipzig, † January 5, 1816 in Zeitz) pastor and theol. Writer, Verh. I June 13, 1768 with Christian Dorothea Gabriel († September 19, 1799) the daughter of a Leipzig Rittmeister, married. II November 9, 1800 Augusta Perpeta Hempel († February 4, 1818) the widow of Pastor Hohendorf Krell (childless)
  • Georg Christian Teller (born May 6, 1736 in Leipzig)
  • Sophia Margaretha Teller (April 28, 1738 - 1739)
  • Susanna Sophia Teller (born September 19, 1740 in Leipzig)
  • Heinrich Gottlob Teller (born March 4, 1742 in Leipzig, † 1809 in Zittau) pastor of Zittau
  • Romanus Augustus Teller (born June 19, 1744 in Leipzig)
  • Johanna Wilhelmina Teller (born July 25, 1745 in Leipzig; † 1780)
  • Romanus Gotthold Teller (born April 19, 1748 in Leipzig)


  • Epistola de eo, quod justum est circa determinanda problemata theologica. Leipzig 1724
  • Demonstrationes homiletico-theologicae. Leipzig 1727
  • Four spiritual speeches on the occasion of a divine call to the office of God. Merseburg 1731
  • Preaching the difference between enemies and friends of the cross of Christ. Leipzig 1732
  • JA Schmidii Compendium Teologiae moralis, cum praesatione, adnotatione et dissertatione de trina sacrae moralis methodo. Leipzig 1733, II part Leipzig 1738, 3rd part Leipzig 1747
  • Investigation of a number of truths in Christian doctrine. Merseburg 1734
  • Preaching happiness. Leipzig 1735
  • Three Pieces of Human Wisdom. Leipzig 1735
  • Collection of moral speeches as given in a holy place. Eisleben 1736
  • The power of Jesus' suffering in the Lord's prayer. Leipzig 1737
  • Reasonable and written consideration of selected matters of Christian Glasubens and moral doctrine, according to the instructions of the Sunday and feast day gospels. Leipzig 1738
  • Diss. De tribus sacrae morum doctrinae methodis. Leipzig 1738
  • Progr. De philosopismo exegetico. Leipzig 1738
  • Diss. De constantia fidei confessorem docente, ad Apoc. 3, 11. Leipzig 1739
  • Decas Dissertionum sacrarum ad causas hermeneuticas spectantium. Leipzig 1740
  • Progr. Commentatio de argumento theologico. Leipzig 1740
  • Oratio de pietate doctoris academici erga praeceptorum suum, in cujus locum ipse succedit. Leipzig 1740
  • Farewell and inaugural sermon. Leipzig 1740
  • New collection of spiritual speeches, after the ordinary Gospels have been arranged for every Sunday and public holiday. Leipzig 1741
  • Diss. I. et II de inaequalitate peccatorum. Leipzig 1741-1742
  • Third collection of spiritual speeches, which were given to the explanation of important truths of our most holy religion on Sundays and feast days throughout the year before public meetings. Leipzig 1744
  • The Sermons of Penance are the best sermons of Christmas when they are performed in a sermon on Boxing Day. Leipzig 1745
  • Two words to speak to God. A word of humility: We are full of contempt! And a word of hope: Lord be gracious to us! A sermon on New Year's Day 1746. Frankfurt and Leipzig 1746
  • The friends of six unrecognized sins, as enemies of the cross of Christ, preached on the six days of fasting in 1746. Leipzig 1746
  • Easter program. Leipzig 1747
  • Progr. Super Coheleth. 11, 3rd Leipzig 1747
  • The love for God, for one's neighbor and for all creatures, presented in three spiritual speeches. Leipzig 1748
  • The celebration of the Sabbath as a powerful means of true humiliation. Leipzig 1748
  • Power and blessings from the fullness of the suffering Jesus. Leipzig 1748
  • The four strongest arguments that Jesus of Nazareth was the true Messiah, as presented on the four Sundays of Advent in 1748. Leipzig 1749
  • The bliss of people in observation of their highest duty, a sermon. Leipzig 1749
  • Progr. De signis Ecclesiae. Leipzig 1749
  • Progr. Super 2. Timoth. 4, 2. Leipzig 1749
  • Progr. Super Joh. 1, 17. Leipzig 1749
  • The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, together with a complete explanation of the same, which were compiled from the exquisite comments of various English writers, and first presented in the French language, but now re-examined in this German translation (by JD Heyde), and accompanied with many comments. Leipzig 1749–1750 2nd parts
  • Last words spoken of the ordinary gospel on New Year's Day 1750. Leipzig 1750
  • Davidis Hollazii Examen acromatico-theologicum, multis animadversionibus auctum et illustratum, et praesatione adornatum. Leipzig 1750
  • Selected collection of holy speeches, in which the strange sayings and proverbs of our times are explained and examined reasonably and in writing on the occasion of the usual Sunday and holiday gospels, also other matters are dealt with, such as those on St. Petri and St. Thomas in Leipzig for the most part held before the Lord's Church in 1745. Leipzig 1751