Ernst Lange

LANGE, Ernst. b. Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland), 3 January 1650; d. Danzig, 20 August 1727. Born in Danzig, he studied law at the university of Königsberg. From 1680 onwards he was successively town clerk, magistrate, and leader of the Council in Danzig. During a journey in the Netherlands in 1698, he became acquainted with the Mennonites. He was close to the Pietists and August Hermann Francke*, and from about 1700 he became involved in disputes with the orthodox Lutherans of the town, especially Samuel Schelwig (1643-1715). This formed the subject of his publication Das Unvergleichliche Bild Orthodoxorum Orthodoxissimi, d. i. Samuel Schelwigii (‘The unique picture of the most orthodox of the...

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