Eylert, Ruhlemann Friedrich

Eylert, Ruhlemann Friedrich was born at Hamm, in Prussian Westphalia, April 5, 1770. He studied theology at Halle, where he imbibed the moderate Rationalism of Niemeyer. In 1794 he became a preacher in his native city, in 1806 court preacher at Potsdam, and after the death of Sack in 1817 he became superintendent, being at the same time appointed minister of public instruction. In his later years his theology assumed a positively orthodox character. He died February 3, 1852. While at court he was the friend and counsellor of king Frederick William III, over whom he exerted a great influence, especially in the matter of the Union and the Liturgy. SEE PRUSSIA, CHURCH OF. He was a prolific writer. The most important of his works are, Betrachtungen u. d. trostvollen Wahrheiten des Christenthums, etc. (1804; 4th ed. 1834): — Homiliens u. d. Parabeln Jesu (1806; 2d ed. 1819): — Predigten u. Bedurfuisse unsers Herzens (1803): — Karakterzuge Friedrich Wilhelm's III (1846-47). See Neeuer Nekrolog d. Deutschen (1852). — Herzog, Real-Encyklop. 4:295.

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