Busching, Anton Friedrich

Busching, Anton Friedrich a German Protestant theologian and geographer of Germany, was born Sept. 27, 1724, at Stadthagen. He studied theology at Halle; in 1748 was called to Petersburg, as preceptor of prince Biren; in 1754 became professor of philosophy at Gottingen, but was afterwards silenced, for alleged heterodoxy; in 1759 became ordinary professor there in 1761 went to Petersburg, as director of the Protestant churches, but resigned in 1765, and went to Altona, and finally to Berlin, where he died, May 28,1773, being doctor of theology, member of consistory, and rector of the Kilnische gymnasium. He wrote, among other, works, Introductio Hist.- theol. in Epistolam Pauli ad Philippenses (Halle, 1746) : — Gedanken von der Beschaffenheit und dem Vorzuge der bibl. dogmat. Theologie vor der scholastischen (Berlin, 1758): — De Procrastinatione Baptismi apud Veteres ejusque Causis (Halle, 1747):Geschichte der evangel. Gemeinden in Russland (Altona, 1764, 1767, 2 vols.): — Geschichte der judischen Religion (Berlin, 1779): — Vitringa's Auslegung der Weissagungen des Jesaias (Halle, 1749-51). See Winer, Handbuch der theol. Lit. i, 67, 89, 147, 217, 234, 292, 631, 774, 835, 859; Furst, Bibl. Jud. i. 138; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v. (B. P.)

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