Freylinghausen Johann Anastasius

Freylinghausen Johann Anastasius, an eminent German Pietist theologian, was born at Gandershelm December 2, 1670. He studied theology at Jena in 1689, and at Halle in 1692. In the latter place he gained the friendship of Aug. H. Francke, whose vicar he became in 1695 at Glaucha, a suburb of Halle. In 1715 he became Francke's son-in-law, his adjunct in the church of St. Ulrich, and was afterwards made director of the Waisenhaus (orphan house). He died February 12, 1739. His principal works are, Grundlegung der Theologie (Halle, 1703, often reprinted) — Predigtenz u. d. Sonn u. Festtagsepisteln (Halle, 1728): — Busspredigten (1734): he also published Geistliches gesangbuch, etc. (Halle, 1704-1714, 2 volumes; latest edit. 1741). Forty of these hymns are of his own composition, and some of the best of them are translated in Miss Winkworth's Lyra Germanica. See A.H. Niemeyer, Lebensbeschreibung (Halle, 1786); J.L. Schulze, Denkmal d. Liebe u. Hochachtung fur F. (Halle, 1784); L. Pasig, Biographische Skizze F's (A. Knapp's Christoterpe, 1852, page 211); Herzog, Real-Encykl. 4:591; Doering, Gelehrt. Theol. Deutschlands, 1:491. (J.N.P.)

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