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Heinrich Müller (Hymn-Writer)

Born: October 18, 1631 - Lübeck, Germany
Died: September 23, 1675 - Rostock, Germany

Heinrich Müller was a German writer, a Protestant minister and a professor at the University of Rostock from 1647 to 1650.

Heinrich Müller studied on recommending Johann Quistorp d.Ä. at the University of Greifswald. Afterwards he returned to the domicile of his father Peter Müller and studied in Rostock with professors Caspar Mauritius (? 1677) and August Varenius (1620-1684). The dean of the philosophy faculty, Johann Corfinius, permitted him to give his first lectures. In 1652 he became Archidiakon at St. Marien in Rostock. He became Professor for the Greek language in 1659, for theology in 1662. He was appointed as the minister of St. Marien in 662, where he became 1671 Superintendent.

Heinrich Müller was considered as dogmatic orthodox and followed the tradition of Martin Luther against church bad states. He was a representative of the Verinnerlichung of the Christianity. His passion lectures were far common and formed the main text collected for Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) by J.S. Bach. He worked as sacred texts writer and wrote collections of cantatas, which were published under the titles of Geistliche Seelen-Musik and Himmlische Liebesflamme. In his publication of Geistliche Erquickungsstunden (1664-1666) he used the term superhuman in the sense of a God human being for the first time in the German language.


Source: German Wikipdia Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2006)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2003, May 2006)

Texts of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

BWV 87

Chorale Texts used in Bach’s Vocal Works





Selig ist die Seele


Links to other Sites

Heinrich Müller (Theologe) (Wikipedia) [German]

MÜLLER, Heinrich (BBKL) [German]


Friedrich Kirchner: Wörterbuch der philosophischen Begriffe (1944)
Friedrich Kirchner: Heinrich Müller - Leben und Auswahl seiner Schriften (1864)

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