Goetze (or GötZe), jOhann mElchior
Goetze (or Götze), Johann Melchior, a German divine, was born in Halberstadt, October 16, 1717, and studied at Jena and Usalle. He was for nine years (1741-50) assistant preacher at Aschersleben, was then called to Magdeburg, and finally became pastor of St. Catharine, at Hamburg, in 1755. He was an orthodox Luthearan, and attacked especially the semi-infidel writings of such men as Lessing, Goathe, Semler, etc. He died May 19, 1786, leaving; behind him more than sixty works, the most remarkable among which are, Von des Herrn Christi hochwürdigem Abendmahl (1757): — Theol. Untersuch. d. Sittlichk. der Deut. Schaubühne (2d edit. 1770), against the latent neologism of Sehloaser and Alberti: — Exercitatio historico-theologica de patrum primitive Ecclesiae feliciori successu is profliganda gentium superstitione quam, in confirmanda doctrina christiana (Halle, 1738, 4to): — Gedanken üd. Betrachtung von der Bestimmung des Menschen (Halle, 1748, 8vo): — Vertheidigung des richtigen Begriffs v.d. Auferstehung der Todten, gegen Basedow (Hamburg, 1764, 4to), etc. His autobiography was published in 1786 (8vo). See F.L. Hoffmann, Hammb. Biblioph. 4; Seropeum, 1852, No. 21 a, 22; Thiess, Gelehrt. Hamb. Deutsch. Bibliotheca, 17:615-629; Lessing, Mendelssohn, Risbeck und Goetze (Offenbach, 1787, 8vo); Warhafte Nachricht v. d. Leben des M. Götze (Hamb. 1786, 8vo). — Herzog, Real-Encyklop. 5:226; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Gen. 21:64 sq.