Basil Faber

Basil Faber

Basil Faber (1520–1576), Lutheran schoolmaster and theologian, was born at Żary (German: Sorau), in lower Lusatia, in 1520. In 1538 he entered the University of Wittenberg, studying as "pauper gratis" under Philipp Melanchthon.

Choosing the schoolmaster's profession, he became successively rector of the schools at Nordhausen, Tennstadt (1555), Magdeburg (1557) and Quedlinburg (1560). From this last post he was removed in December 1570 as a crypto-Calvinist. In 1571 he was appointed to the Rathsgymnasium at Erfurt, not as rector, but as director ("Vorsteher"). In this situation he remained till his death in 1575 or 1576.

His translation of the first twenty-five chapters of Luther's commentary on "Genesis" was published in 1557; in other ways he promoted the spread of Lutheran views. He was a contributor to the first four of the "Magdeburg Centuries". He is best known by his "Thesaurus eruditionis scholasticae" (1571; last edition, improved by J. H. Leich, 1749, folio, 2 vols.); this was followed by his "Libellus de disciplina scholastica" (1572).

See Wagenmann and G. Muller in Herzog-Hauck's "Realencyklopedie" (1898).



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