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Philip Melanchthon

1497 - 1560

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Philip Melanchthon (born Philipp Schwartzerdt; 16 February 1497 – 19 April 1560) was a German Lutheran reformer, collaborator with Martin Luther, the first systematic theologian of the Protestant Reformation, an intellectual leader of the Lutheran Reformation, and influential designer of educational systems. He stands next to Luther and John Calvin as a reformer, theologian, and shaper of Protestantism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philip Melanchthon has received more than 576,721 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 65 in 2019). Philip Melanchthon is the 264th most popular religious figure (down from 198th in 2019), the 192nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 147th in 2019) and the 7th most popular German Religious Figure.

Philip Melanchthon was a German theologian and scholar. He is most famous for his work on the Augsburg Confession, which is a document that was written to define the beliefs of the Lutheran Church.

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Among religious figures, Philip Melanchthon ranks 264 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Liberius, Nathan, Pope Eugene II, Belshazzar, Pope John XII, and Pope Paschal I. After him are Pope Benedict IX, Pope John XIX, Zacchaeus, Pope Gregory IV, Pope Urban IV, and Sathya Sai Baba.

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Among people born in 1497, Philip Melanchthon ranks 2Before him is Hans Holbein the Younger. After him are Beyhan Sultan, Pedro de Valdivia, Emperor Go-Nara, Mōri Motonari, Ernest I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Jean Fernel, Francesco Canova da Milano, and Stephen Gardiner. Among people deceased in 1560, Philip Melanchthon ranks 3Before him are Francis II of France and Gustav I of Sweden. After him are Andrea Doria, Anastasia Romanovna, Mary of Guise, Imagawa Yoshimoto, Bartolommeo Bandinelli, Joachim du Bellay, Jan Mandijn, Melchor Cano, and Nicolas Gombert.

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Among people born in Germany, Philip Melanchthon ranks 192 out of 6,142Before him are Emmy Noether (1882), Matthias Grünewald (1480), Ilse Koch (1906), Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), Hans Holbein the Younger (1497), and Edith Stein (1891). After him are Rudolf I of Germany (1218), Emil Fischer (1852), Nelly Sachs (1891), Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756), Jacob Grimm (1785), and Michel Ney (1769).


Among religious figures born in Germany, Philip Melanchthon ranks 7Before him are Martin Luther (1483), Pope Benedict XVI (1927), Hildegard of Bingen (1098), Albertus Magnus (1206), Ambrose (340), and Pope Joan (null). After him are Pope Clement II (1005), Pope Damasus II (1000), Thomas à Kempis (1380), Bruno of Cologne (1030), Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774), and Rabanus Maurus (780).