Bredenbach, Matthias a German writer, born at Kerpen, in the duchy of Berg, in 1489. He was principal of the college of Emmerich, in the duchy of Cleves, where he died, June 5, 1559. He wrote various works, both historical and theological, the latter chiefly against the Lutheran opinions; among them were, De dissidiis Ecclesiae componendis Sententia (Cologne, 1557): — Hypelraspistes pro Libro de dissidiis (ibid. 1560): — Apologia pro acerbitatibus in Lutherum in Libro de dissidiis (1557). He also composed a Commentary on the first sixty-nine Psalms, and another on the Gospel of St. Matthew. See Landon, Eccles. Dict. s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.