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Philip Melanchthon

1497 - 1560

Philip Melanchthon (the Greek version of his German surname Schwartzerdt) was a German Protestant Reformer, expert in biblical Greek, colleague of Martin Luther, and the first systematic theologian of the Reformation. After receiving a classical education at an early age, he was invited to Wittenberg by Luther to become professor of Greek. He was the primary contributor to the Augsburg Confession. After Luther’s death, Melanchthon continued leading the Reformation with his careful intellect and irenic disposition, always working for as broad agreement among the churches as possible while adhering to pure evangelical doctrine. He died of a cold in 1560, professing his longing for the peace and perfect knowledge of Christ in heaven.