Benzel, Erich a prominent Swedish theologian, was born in 1642 at Benzeby; became in 1665 Professor of History and Ethics, and in 1666 Professor of Theology, at Upsala; in 1677 bishop of Stregnas, and in 1700 archbishop of Upsala, where he died in 1709. He wrote, among other works, Breviarium historiae ecclesiasticae V. et N. Testament. (Ups. 3d ed. 1717). He also superintended the printing of the Swedish Bible translation under Charles XII. One of his sons, whose name was likewise Erich, became in 1726 bishop of Gothenburg, and died as archbishop of Upsala in 1743.