Becker, Cornelius

Becker, Cornelius a Lutheran theologian of Germaiy, was born Oct. 24, 1561, at Leipsic. In 1588 he was called as deacon to Rochlitz; in 1592 he accepted a call for the same position at St. Nicolai, in his native place, and in 1594 he was appointed pastor of the same Church. In 1599 he obtained the degree of doctor of divinity, and was appointed professor of theology. He died May 25, 1604. He wrote, De Auctoritate Ecclesice in Scripturis Interpretandis: — Analysis Psalmis Secundi: der Psalter Davids gesangweis zugerichtet (Leipsic, 1602, and often). He also wrote some hymns, which are still in use. See Jocher, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexikon. s.v.; Koch, Gesch. des deutschen Kirchenliedes, ii, 219 sq.; Weinrich, Christl. Leichenprediqten (Leipsic, 1610), vol. i; Wimmer, Ausfuhrliche Liedererklrung (Altenburg, 1749), ii, 324-328. (B. P.)

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