Jens Bloch

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Right Reverend Doctor

Jens Bloch
Jens Bloch (gravestone).jpg
Gravestone of Jens Bloch
(Photo: Lars Schmidt)
ChurchChurch of Norway and
Church of Denmark
DioceseChristianssand and Viborg
In office1804-1830
Personal details
Born(1761-06-27)27 June 1761
Hals, Denmark
Died4 July 1830(1830-07-04) (aged 69)
Viborg, Denmark
Alma materUniversity of Copenhagen

Jens Bloch (27 June 1761–4 July 1830) was a Danish theologian and priest. He was a Bishop in both Norway (briefly) and Denmark from 1804 until his death in 1830.

Personal life[edit]

Jens Bloch was born on 27 June 1761 in Hals in Denmark to Rasmus Bloch and Anne Christine Lassen Banner. When he was 12, his father sent him to be trained at the trade office in Riga, Latvia, however he soon decided not to pursue that career, so he returned to Denmark. He married Christine Meincke in 1798. Together, they had 1 son and 4 daughters.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

Jens Bloch graduated from the Aalborg Latin School in 1780. He got a degree in theology in 1784. He then did some traveling through Europe, spending 2 years studying in Göttingen. The time in Göttingen led to being awarded a master's degree in Philology by the University of Copenhagen. He was given a job as a lecturer at the same university after that. In 1790, he finished his dissertation on his doctorate in philosophy degree.[1]

In 1790, he got the job as a priest in Stigs Bjergby in Holbæk Municipality in Denmark. In 1795, he was transferred to the Church of Holmen in Copenhagen, first starting as the assistant chaplain and working his way up to the parish priest by 1797. Also in 1795, he received a doctor of theology degree from the University of Kiel. The same year, he became a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. In 1804, he was appointed to be the Bishop of the Diocese of Christianssand, based in Christianssand, Norway. This position did not last long, because in less than one year, he was transferred to the Diocese of Viborg in Denmark, a position he held until his death in 1830.[1] In 1810, he was made a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog, and in 1817, he was elevated to Commander of the same order.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Jantzen, A. (1888). "Jens Bloch". Dansk biografisk Lexikon (in Danish). II. Kjøbenhavn: Gyldendalske Boghandels Forlag. p. 404. Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  2. ^ a b Faye, Andreas (1867). Christianssands stifts bispe- og stiftshistorie (in Norwegian). Christiania, Norge: Brøgger & Christie's Bogtrykkeri. pp. 447–449.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Peder Hansen
Bishop of Christianssand
Succeeded by
Johan Michael Keyser
Preceded by
Peder Tetens
Bishop of Viborg
Succeeded by
Nicolaj Esmark Øllgaard