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Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen
German theologian and scholar

Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen

Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen
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Intro German theologian and scholar
Was Religious scholar Musician Theologian Composer
From Germany
Field Religion Music
Gender male
Birth 2 December 1670
Death 12 February 1739, Halle (Saale) (aged 68 years)
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Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen (2 December 1670 in Bad Gandersheim — 12 February 1739 in Halle) was a theologian of the pietist Halle School and a scholar and follower of August Hermann Francke. He was the second director of the Franckenschen Stiftungen, a collection of schools for orphans.


Freylinghausen was born on 2 December 1670. He studied theology in Jena and in 1695 was his assistant in ministry at St. Ulrich's Church in Halle. At his death in 1739, he was priest of St. Ulrich and director of the orphanages and boarding schools.

Freylinghausen's significance lies with his administrative accomplishment for all of the districts of hymnology. He himself wrote 44 spiritual Lieder and organized more greater collections of Lieder. His Geistreiches Gesangsbuch (Spiritual Songbook) with 1500 old and new spiritual Lieder was known as "Freylinghausen's Songbook" abroad.

He died on 12 February 1739 in Halle.

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