LöbEr, gOttiilf fRiedemann

Löber, Gottiilf Friedemann a German theologian, was born at Bonneburg, in the duchy of Sachsen- Altenburg, October 22, 1722. In 1738 he entered the University of Jena, where, in 1741, he lectured on linguistics of the Old and New Testament and later on philosophy. Notwithstanding his splendid prospects in this sphere, he gave up academical life in 1743, and removed to Altenburg as assistant court preacher (his aged father was then chief court preacher). In 1745 he became assessor of the Consistory; in 1747, archdeacon: in 1751, preacher of a foundation and councillor of the Consistory; in 1768, superintendent general; in 1792, privy councillor of the Consistory; in the following year he celebrated his jubilee of fifty years of office. He died August 22, 1799. By reason of his extensive learning, profound linguistic attainments, accurate knowledge of all the branches of theology, and great piety, he is considered one of the greatest Lutheran theologians of the 18th century. Of his productions, we mention Observationes ad historiam vitae et mortis Jesu Christi in ipsa cetatis fore obitae spectantes (Altenburg, 1767, 8vo). — Doring, Gelehrte Theol. Deutschlands, s.v.

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