Beckmann, Otto canon and "professor eloquentiae" at Wittenberg, was a friend of Luther and Melanchthon, although he did not join them in the work of Reformation. "Alitur nescio quid monstri," he writes to Spalatin, February 24, 1519, speaking at the same time of the exciting sermon in which Luther had openly attacked the power of the pope (Loscher, Vollstdndige Reform.
Acta (Leipsic, 1729), 3:90 sq. In 1525 he was pastor at Warburg, his native place, where he wrote his Precatio Dominica contra Impios et Seditiosos Lutheranorum Errores (Cologne, 1528): — (Comment. super Orationem Doninicams et Symbolum Apostolorum (ibid. eod.). In the year 1528 he held an open colloquy with a certain Hecker, at Miinster, defending the primacy of he pope. He died provost of St. AEgidius, at Munster. See Driver, Bibl. 7fonast. p. 6; Hamelmann, Opp. Geneal. Hist. (Lemogov, 1711), pages 338, 1130, 1191, 1422; Panzer, Annales Typogr. 6:392; 9:68; Streber, in Wetzer u. Welte's Kirchenlexikon, s.v. (B.P.)