Original Research - Special Collection: Kerkhervorming 1517-2017

Philipp Melanchthon: A short introduction

Ignatius W.C. (Natie) van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 1 | a4672 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i1.4672 | © 2017 Ignatius W.C. (Natie) van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 May 2017 | Published: 29 August 2017

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Ignatius W.C. (Natie) van Wyk, Department Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Philipp Melanchthon was one of the most influential theologians of the Reformation of the 16th century. He was responsible for transforming the secondary and tertiary educational systems in Germany. He was responsible for a new theological curriculum. He wrote the first Protestant ‘systematic theology’ and was the author of the Confessio Augustana. He is called the ‘teacher of Germany and Europe’. In spite of all the praises, most South Africans know very little about this important theologian. In this year of jubilee, it is imperative that a short introduction to his life and work be published – in the hope that he would receive more attention in future from South African scholars.


Melanchthon; praeceptor Germaniae; law and gospel; Loci communes; prayer


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