Johannes Agricola

AGRICOLA, Johannes (Schneider or Schnitter). b. Eisleben, 20 April 1492 (or 1494); d. Berlin, 22 Sept 1566. His father was a ‘schneider’ (tailor); his name was Latinised to Agricola (cf. Paul Speratus* and others). He was a student at Leipzig and then at Wittenberg, where he was at one time a close associate of Luther*. He travelled with Luther in 1519 as his secretary during the disputation at Leipzig with Johann Eck in 1519. On Luther’s recommendation he was appointed priest and head of the Latin school at Eisleben (he is sometimes known as ‘Islebius’). He moved to Wittenberg in 1536, developing antinomian views which by 1540 had made the gap between himself and Luther unbridgeable. He...

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