OSWALD MYCONIUS (1488,
Lucerne – 14 October 1552,
Basel ) was Swiss
Protestant theologian. He was a follower of
Huldrych Zwingli .
* 1 Life
* 2 Works
* 3 References
* 4 Further reading
He was born at Lucerne,
Switzerland . His family name was
Geisshüsler, and his father was a miller; hence he was also called
MOLITORIS (Latin molitor, "miller"). The name MYCONIUS is said to have
been given him by
Erasmus ; it alludes to the proverbial expression
bald-headed Myconian. From the school at
Lucerne he went to the
Basel to study classics. From 1514 he obtained teaching
posts at Basel, where he married, and made the acquaintance of Erasmus
and of Hans Holbein , the painter. In 1516 he was called, as
Zürich , where (1518) he attached himself to the
reforming party of Zwingli. This led to his being transferred to
Lucerne, and again (1523) reinstated at Zürich.
On the death of Zwingli (1531) he moved to
Basel , where he held the
office of town's preacher, and (till 1541) the chair of New Testament
exegesis . In 1534 he authored the Confession of
Basel . In
confessional matters he was for a union of all
Protestants . Although
a Zwinglian, his readiness to compromise with the advocates of
consubstantiation gave him trouble with the hard-line Zwinglians. He
had, however, a distinguished follower in
Theodore Bibliander .
Among his several tractates, the most important is De H Zwinglii vita
et obitu (1536), translated into English by Henry Bennet (1561).
* This article incorporates text from a publication now in the
public domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Myconius, Oswald".
Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Melchior Adam , Vita theologorum (1620);
* M. Kirchhofer, O. Myconius (1813);
Karl Rudolf Hagenbach , J. Oekolampad und O. Myconius (1859);
* F. M. Ledderhose, in Allgemeine deutsche Biog. (1886);
* B. Riggenbach and Egli, in Hauck's Realencyklopadie (1903).
Johannes Oecolampadius ANTISTES OF BASEL
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* WorldCat Identities
* VIAF : 22936778
* LCCN : n80064237
* ISNI : 0000 0000 8102 2500
* GND : 118735462
* SUDOC : 029691443
* BNF : cb12126123d (data)