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Hönecke, Gustav Adolf Theodor Felix

(February 25, 1835–January 3, 1908). B. Brandenburg, Ger.; educ. Halle; influenced esp. by F. A. G. Tholuck*; tutor in the home of a certain Herr von Wattenwyl near Bern, Switz.; spent some time in Wittenberg; passed examination pro ministerio in Magdeburg; ordained there for Wisconsin* Syn. cong. at La Crosse, Wisconsin; to Am. February 1863; the La Crosse cong. had meanwhile received a pastor; Hönecke spent a little time at Racine, Wisconsin; then pastor Farmington, near Watertown, Wisconsin; prof. at the newly-founded sem. at Watertown 1866–70 (see Ministry, Education of, X U). Acc. to an 1868/69 arrangement whereby the Wisconsin Syn. was to place a prof. at Conc. Sem., St. Louis, Missouri, Hönecke was to teach at St. Louis, but financial difficulties in the Wisconsin Syn. and lack of a dwelling in St. Louis prevented execution of the plan. Pastor Milwaukee 1870–90. The sem. at Watertown, which had been closed 1870, was reopened 1878. Hönecke became dir. and prof. dogmatics while continuing his pastorate; full-time prof. 1890; taught dogmatics, ethics, homiletics, pastoral theol., and lectured on Ro. Ed. Ev.-Luth. Gemeinde-Blatt; helped found and ed. Theologische Quartalschrift; other works include Predigt-Entwürfe über die altkirchlichen Evangelien und Episteln nebst einigen Freitexten; Wenn ich nur dich habe; “Ein Lämmlein geht und trägt die Schuld”; Ev.-Luth. Dogmatik.

Dr. Adolf Hönecke,” Ev.-Luth. Gemeinde-Blatt, XLIII, 2 (January 15, 1908), 17–26; A. Pieper, “Dr. Höneckes Bedeutung för die Wisconsinsynode und die amerikanisch-lutherische Kirche,” Theologlsche Quartalschrifi, XXXII, 3 (July 1935), 161–174; 4 (October 1935), 225–244; XXXIII, 1 (January 1936), 1–19; 2 (April 1936), 81–101.

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