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Major, Georg

(1502–74). B. Nürnberg, Ger.; Luth. theol.; educ. Wittenberg; friend of M. Luther*; school rector Magdeburg 1529–36; preacher 1537, prof. 1545–52 and 1553–74 Wittenberg; supt. Eisleben 1552. His involvement in Leipzig Interim* incurred the wrath of M. Flacius* Illyricus, N. v. Amsdorf,* N. Gallus,* et al., who accused him of denying the Luth. doctrine of justification. He denied the charge but taught that good works are necessary for salvation, later that they are necessary to retain faith; his phrases are repudiated by FC IV. He lived to see the overthrow of Crypto-Calvinists in electoral Saxony; Torgau arts. signed for him by P. Crell.* Works include Psalterium Davidis; Vitae patrum; commentaries on epistles of Paul. See also Majoristic Controversy; Regensburg Conference; Religious Drama, 3. AHH

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