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Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608)
Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608) was a German Lutheran pastor, hymnist, poet, and composer, born at Mengeringhausen in Waldeck, Hesse, Germany. His father was also a Lutheran pastor.
He studied theology at the University of Erfurt where he was a pupil of Ludwig Helmbold, and later in 1594 he gained a Doctorate Degree in Theology at the University of Wittenberg.
In 1583, he was ordained to the Lutheran ministry and was appointed minister at Herdecke. Expelled during the Counter-Reformation, in 1588, Nicolai took up duties at Altwildungen in Hesse. He also served at Unna in Westphalia and, in 1601, as chief pastor of Katharinenkirche in Hamburg.
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