Pappus, Johann, Dr
Pappus, Johann, Dr.
a Lutheran divine, was born Jan. 16, 1549, at Lindau, on the Bodensee. He studied theology at Tubingen and Strasburg. In 1570 he was appointed professor in Hebrew and minister in Strasburg; in 1578 professor of theology and pastor of the Munster. After the death of Dr. Marbach, his former teacher, he was appointed president of the church-convents, and in this position he succeeded in causing not only a Lutheran liturgy, but also the Formula of Concord (q.v.) to be adopted, thus giving the Lutheran doctrine a strong footing in Strasburg. For twenty-nine years he presided over the Strasburg Church, but he was more feared than loved. He was as severe against Papists as against Calvinists, and against the former he wrote Contradictiones doctorum nunc Romanoe ecclesie, judice et teste Rob. Bellarmino (Strasburg, 1597). His motto was Ad finem si quis separat, ille sapit. He died July 13, 1610. He is the author of an excellent hymn, Ich hab' mein' Sach Gott heimgestelit (Engl. transl. by Miss Winkworth, Lyra Germanica, 2:273, "My cause is God's, and I am still"). See Fechtus, Hist. Colloquii Emmendingensis (Rostock, 1709); Rutelmeyer, Die evangel. Kirchenlieder'des Elsasses (Jena, 1855, in the Beitragen zur theolog. Wissenschaft, by Reuss u. Canitz, 6 vols.); Melch. Adami, Vita Germ. theologorum; Theologisches Universal-Lexikon, s.v., Koch,- Gesch. d. deutschen Kirchenliedes (Stuttgard, 1867), 2:176. (B. P.)