Faber, Johann Melchior

Faber, Johann Melchior was born January 18 1743, near Hildburghausen (Saxony), and was educated at the gymnasium of Coburg and at the University of Gottingen. In 1768 he was appointed professor of Hebrew and Greek at the gymnasium of Thorn (Prussia); in 1770 he was called to Cobarg as professor of Greek and Rhetoric; and four years later (1774) he was made rector of the gymnasium at Ansbach. In 1795 he became church-counselor (Kirchenrath). He died January 31, 1809. Most of his writings were published in the form of programmes. He was also a contributor to the Repertorium for biblische und morgenlandische Literatur, and to Gabler's Theologisches Journal. The most important of his theological programmes are, Programmata sex super libro Sapientiae (Ansbach, 1776-77, 4to; of which a second part, ibid. 1786-89, 4to): — Observationes in Epistolam Jacobi ex Syro (ibid. 1771, 4to): — De templorum apud Christianos antiquitate dubia (lb. 1774, 4to): — Litteras olim pro vocibus in numerando a scriptoribus V.T. esse adhibitas (ibid. 1775, 4to): — Unde origo doctrine de inmortalite animorum repetenda videatur (ibid. 1773, 4to): — In loca quaedam Habacuci Prophetae (ibid. 1773, 4to): — in Malachiam Prophetam (ibid. 1779, 4to): — Quo Eusebianae de Jacobi fratris Jesu, vita et morte narrationis partes quaedam explicantur ac defenduntur (ibid, 1793, 4to): — Harmonia Maccaborum (pars 1, ibid. 1794; par.; 2:1797, 4to). — Doering, Theologen Deutschlands, 1:395; Kitto, Cyclop. of Bibl. Lit. 2:1. (J.H.W.)

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