Johann Andreas Rothe

ROTHE, Johann Andreas. b. Lissa, near Görlitz, 12 May 1688; d. Thommendorf, near Bunzlau, 6 July 1758. He was the son of a Protestant priest. He studied theology in Leipzig, and in 1711 he was admitted to the preachers’ college of the Church of the Holy Trinity at Görlitz. From 1719 to 1722 he was private tutor to Count von Schweinitz at Leuba near Görlitz, before Zinzendorf* called him to be priest at Bethelsdorf (in which parish Herrnhut was situated). As a rousing preacher, Rothe attracted many people; wrote hymns; and worked as a consultant on the first Catechism, on the Ebersdorf version of the Bible, and on Zinzendorf’s hymnbooks. In 1737 he left the Moravians, disagreeing with some...

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