(originally Mikael Olofsson; Torsbius; Torsbyus; ca. 151057). B. Torsby section of Perna, Fin.; secy. of M. Skytte; educ. Wittenberg, Ger., 153639; rector cathedral school Turku (Aabo), Fin.; coadjutor 1548 ordained bp. of Turku 1554 by bp. of Strangnas, Swed. regarded as creator of Fin. literary language; staunch follower of Luther; furthered planting of Lutheranism in Fin. The Agricola-Luther Verein promotes Reformation studies. Works include an ABC book; catechism; prayer book; tr. of NT and ca. one fourth of OT into Fin. See also Finland, Lutheranism in, 2.
J. Gummerus, Michael Agricola, der Reformator Finnlands (Helsinki, 1941).
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