Strauch, Aegidius

Strauch, Aegidius, a Lutheran divine of Germany, was born Feb. 21, 1632, at Wittenberg. When fourteen years of age he attended the lectures at the university of his native place. From 1649 to 1651 he attended the lectures at Leipsic, and after his return to his place of birth he was made magister, and in 1653 he was appointed adjunct to the philosophical faculty. He soon advanced, and in 1662 he was honored with the degree of D.D., and in 1664 he was appointed to the chair of Church history. In 1669 he was called to Dantzic, but, on account of his controversies with the Calvinists and Papists, he accepted in 1675 a call to Hamburg. On his way thither he was made a prisoner and brought to Colberg. After his release, he started again for Hamburg, but was again imprisoned at the order of Frederick William of Brandenburg, because of his vehement preaching against the Calvinists, and was brought to Kiistrin, where he remained three years. In 1678 he was released through the mediation of the people of Dantzic, and died Dec. 13, 1682. He wrote, Dissertatio de Anno Ebroeorum Ecclesiastico (Wittenberg, 1661):--Dissertatio de Computo Talmudico-Rabbinico (ibid. 1661): — Dissertatio de Computo Julio-Constantineano (ibid. 1662): — De Poenitentia Ninevitarum (ibid. 1664): --and, especially Breviarium Chronologicum, translated into English by Richard Sault (last ed. 1745). See Koch, Gesch. des deutschen Kirchenliedes, 3, 407 sq.; Jocher, Allgem. Gelehrten-Lexikon, s.v.; Fürst,. Bibl. Jud. 3, 392 sq. (B.P.)

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