Rathel, Wolfgang Christopher

Rathel, Wolfgang Christopher a German educator, of note also as a writer on patristics, was born at Selbitz, April 12,1663; was educated at Jena; and, after teaching privately, was, in 1689, made professor of Hebrew at the gymnasium at Bayreuth, in 1697 ecclesiastical superintendent of Neustadt, and in this position savagely opposed all inroads of the Pietists. He died June 28, 1729. Among his works of interest to us is De Bibliotheca Patrum (Neust. 1726, fol.). — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 41, 459, 460.

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