Funek

Funek (Funeccius), JOHANN, a celebrated Lutheran divine, was born at Werden, near Nuremberg, February 1, 1518, and was beheaded at Kdnigsberg, October 28, 1566. He married the daughter of Osiander (q.v.), and adopted the opinions of his father-in-law on justification (q.v.), and, after the death of Osmander, 1552, he came to be the leader of the mediation party, but in 1556 he assented to the Augsburg Confession and to Melancthon's Loci Communes. He was declared to be orthodox in 1561 by the divines of Leipsic and Wittenberg. He was made chaplain to Albert, duke of Prussia, but, having given him advice deemed disadvantageous to Poland, was, with his friends Snellius and Horstius, condemned and executed in 1566. He wrote a Chronology from Adam to A.D. 1560 (continued by an anonymous hand to 1578) in folio; Latin biographies of Vert Dietrich, and Andrew Osiander, his father-in-law; and Commentaries in German on Daniel and the Revelations, published by Sachsen (Frankfort, 1596, 4to), with wood-engravings by Spies. — Hoefer, Nouv Biogr. Gener. 19:58; Gieseler, Ch. History, per. 4, § 39. (J.W.M.)

 
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