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The Heidelberg Catechism

The Heidelberg Catechism – Zacharius Ursinus

The Heidelberg Catechism is a Protestant confessional document taking the form of a series of questions and answers. It is commonly used in teaching Reformed Christian doctrine and is widely regarded as one of the most influential of the Reformed catechisms. The Catechism is divided into fifty-two sections, called “Lord’s Days,” which were designed to be taught on each of the 52 Sundays of the year. The Synod of Heidelberg approved the catechism in 1563.

The Heidelberg Catechism

The Heidelberg Catechism

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The Heidelberg Catechism.

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History of the Heidelberg Catechism (from wikipedia)

Elector Frederick III, sovereign of the Electoral Palatinate from 1559 to 1576, commissioned the composition of a new Catechism for his territory. While the catechism’s introduction credits the “entire theological faculty here” (at the University of Heidelberg) and “all the superintendents and prominent servants of the church” for the composition of the catechism, Zacharius Ursinus (1534-1583) is commonly regarded as the catechism’s principal author. Caspar Olevianus (1536–1587) was formerly asserted as a co-author of the document, though this theory has been largely discarded by modern scholarship. Johann Sylvan, Adam Neuser, Johannes Willing, Thomas Erastus, Michael Diller, Johannes Brunner, Tilemann Mumius, Petrus Macheropoeus, Johannes Eisenmenger, Immanuel Tremellius and Pierre Boquin are all likely to have contributed to the Catechism in some way. Frederick himself wrote the preface to the Catechism and closely oversaw its composition and publication. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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