Nikolaus Gerbel was part of a circle of literary men living in Strasbourg. He is notable for his friendship with Luther, his correspondence with Erasmus and Melanchthon and his support to Johann Reuchlin in the Pfefferkorn-Reuchlin Controversy.
He was born in Pforzheim in the Black Forest and studied at the University of Vienna (1502–1505), at the University of Cologne (1505–1506), at the University of Tübingen (1508–1512) and later at the University of Bologna.
He published several works in ancient Greek geography (Descriptio Graeciae) and Roman history.
- Bietenholz, Peter G., and Thomas B. Deutscher. Contemporaries of Erasmus: A Biographical Register of the Renaissance and Reformation. University of Toronto Press, 2003. Entry on Nikolaus Gerbel, vol. 1, pp. 90–91.
- (French) Auguste Frédéric Liebrich. Nicolas Gerbel, jurisconsulte-théologien du temps de la Réformation. Faculté de théologie protestante de Strasbourg. Strasbourg, 1857.