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Zell, Matthäus

(1477–1548). B. Kaisersberg, Ger.; educ. Mainz, Erfurt, Freiburg; pastor of cathedral in Strasbourg 1518; won for Ev. cause through influence of Bible, Luther, and Johann Geyler; began Reformation activity 1521 with series of sermons on Romans; citizens won for his cause; his Christliche Verantwortung, a reply to attacks of monks, became basis for Reformation in Strasbourg; refrained from participation in theol. quarrels; sheltered those persecuted because of religion (including K. v. Schwenkfeld*); excommunicated by Rome 1524 because of his marriage to K. Zell.*

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