By Paul Spalding
Less than the patronage of 2 south German nobles, Johann Lorenz Schmidt released an annotated translation of the Bible's commencing books in 1735. the tale of the debate the paintings aroused and of its eventual suppression sheds gentle on many features of the eighteenth century, in addition to the character of censorship in our time.
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The stipulations on religion in the Osnabrück portion of the peace were particularly detailed. They sanctioned only the Catholic, Lutheran, and Calvinist or Reformed confessions as publicly practiced religions of the empirebut "no others" (article 7, paragraphs 1-2). 6 They reversed the legal confessional status of each territory in the empire to the actual status as it stood on January 1, 1624, declaring this situation to be permanent except by a negotiated settlement among the affected parties (article 5, paragraphs 2, 14, 25-26, 31, 33).
7 At least one of the driving forces behind the correspondence for Schmidt was that as graduation approached, he needed to fish for a job. Although he had already gained experience preaching at the university and villages near Jena,8 conventional parish life in Germany did not seem to attract him. The pietists in Halle, conversely, could offer the theological graduate a wide variety of positions in teaching and foreign missions. "9 However, his ailing father had been beseeching him for some time to come home to Schweinfurt instead, to aid him in his own preaching and pastoral tasks at St.
When Rambach's letter arrived in Üttingen from Halle with the offer of the position in St. Petersburg, Schmidt sent a copy to Lucas, assured him of his preference for the Wertheim position despite the smaller income, and asked for a commitment as soon as possible. In his initial reply, Lucas asked Schmidt to defer his answer to Rambach for eight days, by which time he should have a final decision. A day later, after visiting the countess at Schollbrunn, Lucas reported to Schmidt that she wished him to appear on August 15 in Wertheim to meet personally with Count Hohenlohe.