Schmolck, Benjamin, son of Martin Schmolck, or Schmolcke, Lutheran pastor at Brauchitschdorf (now Chrόstnik) near Liegnitz in Silesia (now Poland) was born at Brauchitschdorf, Dec. 21, 1672. He entered the Gymnasium at Lauban in 1688, and spent five years there. After his return home he preached for his father a sermon which so struck the patron of the living that he made Benjamin an allowance for three years to enable him to study theology. He matriculated, at Michaelmas, 1693, at the University of Leipzig, where he came under the influence of J. Olearius, J. B. Carpzov, and others, and throughout his life retained the character of their teaching, viz. a warm and living practical Christianity, but Churchly in tone and not Pietistic. In th… Go to person page >
Author: Johann Caspar Wetzel
Wetzel, Johann Caspar, son of Johann Michael Wetzel, shoemaker at Meiningen, was born at Meiningen, Feb. 22, 1691. He matriculated, at Easter, 1711, as a student of theology at the University of Jena, and afterwards went to Halle. After varied tutorial work, &c, he was appointed, in 1727, diaconus at Römhild, where he eventually became archidiaconus. While returning from a visit to the Bad Liebenstein he was unable to proceed further than Meiningen, where he died Aug. 6, 1755.
Wetzel claims notice here as the best of the earlier German hymnologists. His two most important works, in which he gives notices of more than 1100 hymn-writers; are (1) Hymnopooeograph, published at Herrnstadt, pt. i. 1719, ii. 1721, iii. 1724, iv. 1728; and (2) An… Go to person page >