Johannes Wolleb

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Johannes Wolleb (Wollebius) (1589–1629) was a Swiss Protestant theologian. He was a student of Amandus Polanus, and followed in the tradition of a Reformed scholasticism, a formal statement of the views arising from the Protestant Reformation.[1]

He was the successor of Johann Jakob Grynaeus at Basel Cathedral. The Compendium Theologiae Christianae of 1626 is his major work; it is shorter than the Syntagma Theologiae Christianae (1609) of Polanus, and served as an abridgement and development. It was translated into English by Alexander Ross, as Abridgement of Christian Divinitie (1650).[2]

Wolleb influenced the Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms.[3] His Compendium, with William Ames's Medulla, and Francis Turretin's writings, were used as textbooks into the 18th century and beyond.[4] In the late 17th century, Wolleb's system began to displace Ames's in favour at Harvard University.[5] Students at Yale University in the early 18th century used to study the Abridgement every Friday afternoon;[6] the books by Wolleb and Ames were written into the university Regulations (1745).[7]


  1. ^ John Wheelan Riggs, Baptism in the Reformed Tradition: An Historical and Practical Theology (20020, p. 87.
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  3. ^ Donald K. McKim, David F. Wright, Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (1992), p. 398.
  4. ^ Ernest Gordon Rupp, Religion in England, 1688-1791 91986), p. 176.
  5. ^ Amy Plantinga Pauw, "The Supreme Harmony of All": The Trinitarian Theology of Jonathan Edwards (2002), p. 61.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
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Further reading[edit]

  • Geoffrey W. Bromiley, Historical Theology: An Introduction (2000), pp. 324–8.

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Johann Jakob Grynaeus
Antistes of Basel
Succeeded by
Theodor Zwinger the Younger (de)