Rutilius, Martin, son of Gregorius Rüdel or Rutilius (who in 1548 was diaconus at Salza, near Magdeburg, and in 1551 became pastor at Düben on the Mülde, in Saxony), was born Jan. 21, 1550. After studying at the Universities of Wittenberg and Jena, he was appointed, in 1575, pastor at Teutleben, near Gotha. In 1586 he became diaconus at Weimar, where, after being for some time archidiaconus, he died Jan. 18, 1618.
The translations [of his hymns] in common use are:—
1. 0 God my Lord! How great's the Hoard. In full by J. C. Jacobi, in his Psalter Germanica, 1722, p. 56. In his edition 1732, p. 89, it was greatly altered, and st. 1.—ill., viii., x. of this form were included in the Evangelical Union Hymn Book, 1856.
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Alterer (German): Johann Major
Major, Johann, son of Johann Gross (Latinised to Major), farmer at Reinstedt, near Orlainünde, in Thuringia, was born at Reinstedt, Dec. 26, 1564. In 1592 he was ordained as diaconus at Weimar, and in 1605 became pastor and superintendent at Jena. In 1611 he was appointed professor at Jena (D.D., July 1612), and died there Jan. 4, 1654. (J. C. Zeumer's Vitae Professorum . . . in Academia Jenensi, 1711, i., p. 117, &c.) His name is associated with the hymn "Ach Gott und Herr," which is noted under Rutilius, M., p. 982, ii. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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