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Esbjörn, Lars Paul

(1808–70). B. Delsbo, Swed.; educ. Uppsala; pastor in Swed.; to Am. 1849; pastor in Illinois 1849–58; Scand. prof. theol. at Illinois* State U., Springfield, 1858–60; pres. and prof. Augustana Sem., Chicago, 1860–63; pastor in Swed. 1863–70. See also Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3–9; Publication Houses, Lutheran.

G. Andreen, L. P. Esbjörn and the Pilgrim Fathers of 1849 (Rock Island, Illinois, 1925).

Esch, Johann

(Esschen; van Esch; van Essen; Nesse; d. 1523). Augustinian monk of Antwerp; follower of M. Luther*; burned at the stake in Brussels with H. Voes*; commemorated by Luther in the poem “Ein neues Lied wir heben an.”


Part of dogmatics* that treats of the lastthings*. See also Dispensationalism; Millenniu.

R. H. Charles, Eschatology, the Doctrine of a Future Life in Israel, Judaism, and Christianity: ACritical History (New York, 1963; 1st ed. 1899 A Critical History of the Doctrine of a future Life in Israel, in Judaism, and in Christianity).

Escobar y Mendoza, Antonio

(1589–1669). Sp. Jesuit; b. Valladolid; noted for asceticism and energy as preacher. Works include Liber theologiae moralis; Historia de la Virgen Madre de Dios Maria; commentaries.


(ca. 1100–ca. 1181). Bp. Roskilde, Den., 1134; abp. Lund, Swed., ca. 1138–77; assoc. with Fr. reformers, esp. Bernard of Clairvaux; championed ideas of Gregory VII (see Popes, 7); conflicts with kings led to yrs. of exile in Fr.


(In[n]uit). Ca. 45,000 native inhabitants of N coast of N. Am. and neighboring islands, esp. Greenland.* Usually live close to seashore; language is polysynthetic (word elements combine into single words equivalent to a sentence); soc. structure communistic anarchistic (raw material and some manufactured items common property; govt. structure usually absent; soc. action controlled by pub. opinion); cheerful, lighthearted people. According to native religion, all things, animate and inanimate, have a spirit. Men and animals have souls that continue after this life. A sky god and sea goddess are most important deities. There is also a cult of game animals.

H. Egede* began Christian missions among Eskimos of Greenland 1721. His son Paul completed tr. of the NT into Innuit. The Moravian Ch. began work in Greenland 1733 (this miss. given to Dan. Luths. 1899), Labrador 1764. Oblates of Mary Immaculate have worked among Eskimos near Hudson Bay since ca. 1860. The CMS worked till 1920 on the continent. The E Orthodox Ch. pioneered among Eskimos in Alaska.* The Am. branch of the Moravian Ch. began in Alaska 1885, the Am. branch of the Swed. Miss. Soc. 1897. Jesuits have worked among Eskimos since 1786.

The Luth. Eskimo Miss. of The ALC has stations at Nome, Alaska, on Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean coastline. Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Quakers also carry on miss. work among Eskimos.

Espen, Zeger Bernhard von

(1646–1728). Belgian canonist; b. Louvain; prof. canon law Louvain 1675; defended Gallican theories (see Gallicanism); defended Jansenism*; fled to Belgium. Works include Jus ecclesiasticum universum.

Ess, Leander von

(Johann Heinrich van Ess; 1772–1847). Ger. RC theol.; Benedictine monk; tr. Bible into Ger.; criticized decree of Council of Trent* on Bible publication.


Etymology of the term disputed.A Jewish ascetic monastic group mentioned by Philo Judaeus*, F. Josephus,* and Pliny* the Elder. Seem to have originated ca. 2d c. BC and existed into 2d c. AD Most important settlement on the W shore of the Dead Sea. Emphasized simplicity, piety, sacramental meals, fixed times for prayer. Taught dualism of light and darkness and had own solar festive calendar. Regarded themselves as people of new covenant. Classes: priests, Levites, mems., novitiates. The view that John the Baptist and Jesus were connected with Essenes is gen. rejected. See also Asceticism; Dead Sea Scrolls.

Estienne, Robert, I

(Étienne; Stephanus; 1503–59). B. Paris; printer to Francis I of Fr. (1494–1547; king 1515–47) 1539; to Geneva; joined Ref. Ch.; pub. Lat. and Gk. classics, patristic writings, Lat.-Fr. dictionary, various eds. of the Bible, concordance. See also Chapters and Verses of the Bible; Textual Criticism. 2.

Estius, Gulielimus

(Guilelmus; Guilielmus; Guillelmus; Willem; Wilhelm; Hessels van Est; 1542–1613). B. Gorcum, Holland; studied at Utrecht and Louvain; prof. primarius Douai 1582, chancellor 1595. Works include In omnes beati Pauli et septem catholicas apostolorum epistolas commentarii.

Esto mihi.

Another name for Quinquagesima* Sunday; first Lat. words of the traditional Introit* for the day (Ps 31:2b, 3, 1).


1. Christianity before the Reformation. Estonia, a Baltic country at the outfall of the Finnish Gulf, N continental Eur., experienced its 1st contacts with Christianity in the 11th c. Russ. Prince Yaroslav's (ca. 988–1054) “Christianizing” activities ca. 1030 failed, as did efforts of the Fr. Cistercian miss. Fulco, consecrated Bp. of the Estonians by Abp. Eskil* of Lund ca. 1164. The 1st successful miss. effort among Estonians, Lativians, and Livonians came from Ger. in the 12th century. Ger. merchants and missionaries settled in the Riga area. Meinhard (Meinhart; d. 1196), Augustinian canon of the monastery at Segeberg, Holstein, began miss. work there in the 1180s; est. a ch. at Ekskile (variants include Üksküll, Ikeskola), 17 mi. SE of Riga; made Bp. of Livonia, with see at Ikskile, 1186 by Abp. Hartwig II of Bremen. He was succeeded by Berthold of Hanover (d. 1198), who died in a crusade against Baltic people. His successor, Albert* I, led a crusade against Baltic people ca. 1200 and dedicated the territory to Mary (Terra Marina; Marienland). The Knights of the Sword (Bothers of the Sword; Livonian Knights; Fratres militiae Christi) were organized ca. 1201, confirmed by Innocent III (see Popes, 10) 1204, and given one third of the land; absorbed by Teutonic Knights 1237. Albert I was recognized as imperial prince 1207 and 1225. He won a major battle 1217 over Estonian forces led by Lembitu. In the summer of 1219 King Waldemar II of Den. est. a foothold in N Estonia. In connection with his campaign, Dietrich, Bp. of Estonia, was killed. The succession was contested between Wescelin (or Guecelin), Waldemar's candidate, and Hermann, Albert's candidate and brother, with the former recognized by Rome. By 1220 Järvamaa and Virumaa (the suffix “-maa” means “region”) were in Dan. hands; by 1227 the whole country was under Christian rule, with Christian baptism enforced. During the Middle Ages 4 powers emerged: the Livonian branch of the Teutonic Knights (Knights of the Sword), the prince-bps., the nobles, and the cities. Most natives belonged to a politically powerless and economically exploited 5th estate.

2. The Reformation and subsequent history. Reformation ideas reached Livonia and Estonia from cen. and N Ger. in the 1520s. Reformation in Estonia was influenced by the ideas of A. Knöpken,* Sylvester Tegetmeyer,* and MHofmann* (or Hoffmann). Luth. teachings gained adherents early. Estonia lacked an outstanding reformer, but Johann Lange (d. 1531), Zaeharias Hasse (d. 1531), and Hermann Marsow (came to Tartu [Dorpat] ca. 1523) were leading evangelicals. Lange and Hasse preached in Tallinn [Reval] since ca. 1523. In 1524 Christliche Ordnung im kirchlichen Regiment est. the organization of the ev. ch. in that city (see also Lutheran Confessions, A 5). Though Bp. Johannes Blankenfeld's spirited opposition arrested early spread of ev. ideas in Tartu, the outside help of Tegetmeyer and Hof[f]mann turned the tide. Little is gen. known of the spread of the ev. movement in smaller towns. Real evangelization of the countryside occurred in the 17th and 18th cents.

The ev. climate promoted pub. of catechetical helps (the catechism of Simon Wanradt and Johann Koell 1535; Franz Witte's catechism 1554). The NT appeared in 2 dialects 1686 and 1715; Anton Thor Helle's whole Bible (Piibli Raamat) appeared 1739.

In 1558 Russ. attacked and annexed Tartumaa, Viljandimaa, Järvamaa, and Virumaa. Swed. acquired Tallinn and Harjumaa-Virumaa. The Northern War (1563–70) resulted in a Prot.-RC curtain that halved the country. Swed. took possession of the mainland 1629, adding the islands 1645. Under Swed. rule Bp. Kristian Agricola provided directives for a clearly defined ch. organization ca. 1585; a Prot. university was est. at Tartu 1632; Estonian religious literature prospered; Swed. ch. statutes became effective in Estonia 1692. After the Great Northern War (ca. 1700–21) Estonia was occupied by Russians. Moravian Brethren (see Moravian Church) appeared; though outlawed 1743 they reached a height of influence in the 1st half of the 19th c. In the middle of the 19th c. the Russ. govt. initiated a policy of Russification that led to persecution of Luths.

3. The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. Est. of the indep. Rep. of Estonia 1918 resulted in an indep. Estonian Ev. Luth. Ch. The 1919 Gen. Assem. of the EELC approved a constitution which maintains that the EELC is a free people's ch. Its teachings are based on Scripture and the Confessions of the Ev. Luth. Ch. The ch. is governed by a primate (Jakob Kukk 1919; Hugo Bernhard Rahamägi 1934; Johan Köpp [b. 1874] 1939). Official pub.: Eesti Kirik. The EELC is a mem. of LWF and WCC

WW II and for. occupations (Russ. 1940–41; Ger. 1941–44; Russ. 1944– ) have impeded the work and development of the EELC Köpp fled to Swed. 1944. Mems. of the EELC in Exile are scattered in many different countries and not formally organized or incorporated. Bp. J. O. Lauri of Stockholm (b. 1891; educ. Dorpat; ordained 1917; bp. 1943; to Ger. 1944; then to Swed.) succeeded Köpp as head of the EELC in Exile.

Since October 1967 Abp. Alfred Tooming (ordained 1934; rector St. Paul's parish, Viljandi, and dean of the Estonian Ch.'s Viljandi district 1949) headed the 350,000-mem. EELC in the Soviet Union. HOK

Estonia was conquered 1490 by Russia and made part of the Union* of Soviet Socialist Reps. Area: ca. 17,400 sq. mi.

See also Virginias, Adrian.

E. Uustalu, The History of Estonian People (London, 1952); J. Köpp, From Established Church to Free People's Church (Stockholm, 1949); Baltische Kirchengeschichte, ed. R. Wittram (Göttingen, 1956); L. Arbusow, Die Einführung der Reformation in Liv-, Est-, und Kurland, in Quellen und Forschungen zur Reformationsgeschichte, III (Leipzig, 1921); O. Sild, Eesti kirikulugu vanimast ajast olevikuni (Tartu, 1938); A. Torma, The Church in Estonia, reprint bound with H. Perlitz, The Fate of Religion and Church Under Soviet Rule in Estonia 1940–41 (New York, 1944); Papers of the Estonian Theological Society in Exile, No. 15: Estonia Christiana (Wetteren, Belgium, 1965); J. Aunver, Religious Life and the Church in Estonia (Stockholm, 1961).

Estonian Lutherans in the US

1. Missionary period (until 1949). Work among Estonian immigrants in the US began as part of the for. language inner miss. endeavor of the LCMS Best-known Estonian miss. in the early 20th c., was Hans Rebane; he worked mainly in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Conrad Klemmer (d. 1956) worked as the only Estonian miss. in the US 1913–56, serving congs. in New York, Boston, and Bogota and Paterson, New Jersey Despite faithful labors of the missionaries the spiritual needs of Estonians could not be met adequately.

2. Period of organization (1949–53). After WW II many Estonians made their home in the US, Swed., Can., Eng., Australia, and elsewhere. Fourteen congs. were est. in the US and 7 in Can. Most Estonian congs. belong to the Estonian Ev. Luth. Ch. in Exile (see Estonia, 3).

3. EELC in Exile in the US. Since 1953 Estonian Luth. congs. in the US are divided into First Bishopric, led by Dean Aleksander Hinno (b. 1904), and Chicago Bishopric, led by Dean Rudolf Kiviranna (b. 1912). HOK

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