Danz Johann Traugott Leberecht

Danz Johann Traugott Leberecht, a Protestant theologian of Germany, was born May 31, 1769, at Weimar. He studied at the universities of Jena and Göttingen, became in 1807 professor of theology at Jena, which position he retained until 1837, and died at Jena May 16, 1851. He was a man of immense learning in all departments of literature, an interesting writer on a number of subjects, and a popular professor. In his theological views he was a representative of the school of Biblical Rationalists, advocating the mutual toleration of Rationalists and Supranaturalists in the same church, and opposing the views both of Schleiermacher and Strauss. Among his theological works the following are the most important: Lehrbuch der Kircheingeschichte (Jena, 1824); Die Wissenschaften des geistlichen Berufs (Jena, 1824); Theolog. Encyclopcedia (Weimar, 1832); Universal-Woirterbuch der theolog. und religionsgeschichtl. Literatur (Leipsic, 1837, sq.); Initia Doctrince Patristicce (Jena, 1839); Geachichte des Tridentiner Concils (Jena, 1846), according to Paul Sarpi. His edition of the Libri Symbolici ecclesice Romano-Catholicae (Vimar. 1835) was dedicated to Gregorio XVI, Pontfici Maximo, ecclesiae Romano-Catholicae praesuli, with some good Protestant advice. He also published a biography of his deceased (1835) friend and colleague, H. A. Schott (Jena, 1836), and edited a posthumous work of the latter on the authenticity of the Gospel according to Matthew (Leips. 1837). One of his last works was "Two Conversations" on the Life of Jesus by Strauss (Zwcei Gesprache, 1839). — Herzog, Real- Encyklop. 19:389 sq.

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