Johannes Heinrich Ursinus

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Johannes Heinrich Ursinus (also known as Johannes Henricus Ursinus, Iohannes Henricus Ursinus, Johann Heinrich Ursin and even John Henry Ursinus) [1] (26 January 1608 in Speyer – 14 May 1667[2] in Regensburg) was a learned German author, scholar, Lutheran theologian, humanist and dean of Regensburg.

Ursinus studied the Oriental roots of western philosophy and was the author of a scholastic encyclopaedia. He was a Rector in Mainz, preached in Weingarten, Speier and Regensburg, and had been a student in Straßburg.[3]

Johannes Heinrich Ursinus at age 53

His Arboretum Biblicum, which appeared in 1663, was the first attempt of note to create a concordance of botanical references in the Bible, and predated the Hierozoicon, a zoological compendium of biblical animals, of Samuel Bochart.[4] In all Ursinus published 137 works in 153 publications in 3 languages.

The plant genus Ursinia was named after Ursinus by the German botanist, Joseph Gaertner.

Selected works[edit]

  • Musagetes, seu de studiis recte instituendis consilium, Regensburg 1656, Nürnberg 1659, Leipzig 1678
  • Atrium Latinitatis sive Commentarius locuples in Januam Comenianam, Frankfurt 1657
  • Progymnastices oratoriae epitome, praxin grammaticam, dialecticam, rhetoricam, Nürnberg 1659
  • Analecta rhetorica sive progymnasmata sacrae profanaeque eloquentiae libri II, Nürnberg 1660
  • De Zoroastre Bactriano, Hermete Trismegisto, Sanchoniathone Phoenicio eorumque scriptis et aliis contra Mosaicae scripturae antiquitatem exercitationes familiares, Nürnberg 1661
  • Tyrocinium historico-chronologicum sive in Historiam Sacram et Profanam Universalem Brevis Manuductio in Usum Iuventutis, Frankfurt 1662 online
  • Epitome metaphysicae, Nürnberg 1664
  • Compendium Topicae generalis, Nürnberg 1664
  • Compendium Logicae Aristotelicae, Regensburg 1664
  • Encyclopaedia scholastica sive artium, quas vocant liberalium prima rudimenta, Nürnberg 1665
  • De fortuna, Christophorus Ursinus ad panegyrin solemnem qua Johannes Brunnemannus viro Christiano Wildvogeln publ. collaturus, humanitate invitat, Frankfurt 1668

Bibliography[edit]

  • Johannes Henricus Ursinus, Autobiographischer Lebenslauf, Regensburg 1666; Neudr. von H. W. Wurster (Hg.), in: Zeitschrift für bayerische Kirchengeschichte 51, Nürnberg. 1982, S. 73 – 105.

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