Paul Eber

EBER, Paul. b. Kitzingen-am-Main, Bavaria, 8 November 1511; d. Wittenberg, 10 December 1569. The son of a tailor, he was educated at Ansbach and at Nürnberg, where he was taught by the Latin hymn-writer Joachim Kammermeister/Camerarius, and later at the University of Wittenberg (1532-36), then at the height of its Lutheran influence. He became a prominent member of the Wittenberg community, and a special friend of Philipp Melanchthon*, whom he succeeded as leader of the Lutherans in 1560. He was appointed professor of Latin in 1541, and in 1557 professor of Theology, becoming town preacher of Wittenberg in 1558. Eight of Eber’s hymns are found in Wackernagel, Das Deutsche Kirchenlied IV...

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