The Info List - Wolfgang Capito

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Wolfgang Fabricius Capito (also Koepfel) (c. 1478 – November 1541) was a German religious reformer.


1 His life and work 2 Works 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

His life and work[edit] Capito was born circa 1478 to a smith at Hagenau
in Alsace. He attended the famous Latin school in Pforzheim.[1]:111 He was educated for the medical profession but also studied law.[citation needed] He received a doctorate in theology at Freiburg.[1]:111 Having joined the Benedictines, taught for some time at Freiburg. He acted for three years as pastor in Bruchsal.[citation needed] In 1516 he became cathedral preacher of Basel Minster.[1]:111 Here he made the acquaintance of Zwingli and began to correspond with Luther.[citation needed] He persuaded Johann Froben
Johann Froben
to publish a collection of Luther's works in 1518.[1]:111–112 In 1519 he removed to Mainz
at the request of Albrecht, archbishop of that city, who soon made him his chancellor. In 1523 he settled at Strasbourg, where he remained until his death in November 1541. He had found it increasingly difficult to reconcile the new religion with the old, and from 1524 was one of the leaders of the reformed faith in Strasbourg. He took a prominent part in the earlier ecclesiastical transactions of the 16th century, was present at the second conference of Zürich
and at the conference of Marburg, and along with Martin Bucer drew up the Confessio Tetrapolitana. Capito was always more concerned for the "unity of the spirit" than for dogmatic formularies, and from his endeavours to conciliate the Lutheran
and Zwinglian
parties in regard to the sacraments, he seems to have incurred the suspicions of his own friends; while from his intimacy with Martin Cellarius and other divines of the Socinian school he drew on himself the charge of Arianism. In 1532 Capito married Wibrandis Rosenblatt, the widow of Oecolampadius. After Wolfgang Capito's death, she married Martin Bucer. Capito died in Strasbourg. Works[edit] His principal works were:

Institutionum Hebraicarum libri duo; Enarrationes in Habacuc et Hoseam Prophetas; a life of Oecolampadius and an account of the synod of Berne (1532); a Greek version of the Iliad
in which he refers to himself as volfivs cephalaevs or wolfius cephalaeus

See also[edit]

Hochstratus Ovans


^ a b c d Rummel, Erika (2000). The Confessionalization of Humanism in Reformation Germany. ISBN 9780195350333 – via Questia. (Subscription required (help)). 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Capito, Wolfgang". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

External links[edit]

Works by Wolfgang Capito
Wolfgang Capito
at Post-Reformation Digital Library Wolfgang Capito
Wolfgang Capito
at the Mathematics Genealogy Project

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