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Jesper Brochmand

Bishop Brochmand featured on Postverk Føroya stamp, 2003
Jesper Rasmussen, Bishop of Zealand (1638-1652)

Jesper Rasmussen Brochmand (5 August 1585 - 19 April 1652) was a Danish Lutheran clergyman, theologian and professor who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Zealand.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Selected Works 2
  • See also 3
  • Note 4
  • References 5
  • Related Reading 6
  • External links 7


Jesper Rasmussen Brochmand was born at Church of Denmark, especially by abolishing the Latin choir and by introducing Wednesday services during Lent.[2]

At this same time, Denmark was impacted by the Counter-Reformation efforts of the Roman Catholic Church through propaganda generated by the scholastic revival. Brochmand made the controversy with Rome a subject of his public lectures. In 1626–28, he published his Controversiæ sacræ (3 parts), a reply in the style of Lutheran scholasticism to Cardinal Bellarmine's attacks on the Lutheran Church. In 1634, at the king's order, he engaged in a polemic with the Jesuits, who endeavored to defend the conversion of Christian William, Margrave of Brandenburg to Roman Catholicism.[3]

Against this pamphlet Brochmand delivered a series of lectures which, after his death, were collected and published under the title Apologiæ, speculi veritatis confutatio (1653). His reputation as a dogmatist was established by his Systema universae theologiae (2 vols., 1633) in which he proved himself a bitter opponent, not only of the Roman Catholics, but also of Calvinism. He wrote several devotional works, of which his Sabbati sanctificatio was for more than two centuries a favorite collection of sermons with the Danish people.

Selected Works

  • Controversiarum sacrarum Pars I (1626)
  • Controversiarum sacrarum Pars II (1627)
  • Controversiarum sacrarum Pars III: Akropolis pontificatus (1628)
  • Systema universae theologiae didacticae, polemicae, moralis (1633)
  • Lychnos logou prophetikou oppositus veritatis pontificiae speculo (1634)
  • Päpstischer Warheit (1638)
  • Sabbati sanctificatio aller Gudelig Betaenkning over alle Evangelier og Epistler paa Sondage og alle hellige Dage (1638)
  • Apologiae speculi veritatis confutatio (1653)

See also


  • [2]  


  1. ^ (Roskildes Historie)Jesper Brochmand
  2. ^ (Dansk Biografisk Leksikon)Jesper Brochmand
  3. ^ (Dansk biografisk Lexikon / III)Brochmand, Jesper Rasmussen, 1585-1652, BiskopCarl Frederik Bricka:

Related Reading

  • Dahl, Gina (2010) Book Collections of Clerics in Norway, 1650–1750 (Brill Academic Pub) ISBN 9789004188990
  • Kolb, Robert (2008) Lutheran Ecclesiastical Culture, 1550-1675 (Brill Academic Pub) ISBN 978-9004166417
  • Garstein, Oskar (1992) Rome and the Counter-Reformation in Scandinavia (Brill Academic Pub) ISBN 978-9004093959
  • Grell, Ole Peter (1995) The Scandinavian Reformation. From evangelical movement to institutionalization of reform (Cambridge University Press) ISBN 9780521441629

External links

  • (Post-Reformation Digital History)Caspar Rasmussen Brochmand
  • (University of Copenhagen)Rektorer 1537-1850
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