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Menius, Justus

(Jodocus [Jost] Menig; 1499 [1494?]–1558). Reformer of Thuringia; b. Fulda, Ger.; educ. Erfurt and Wittenberg; early follower of M. Luther*; supt. Eisenach 1529; took part in ch. visitations, the 1529 Colloquy of Marburg (see Lutheran Confessions, A 2), the February 1537 meeting of the Schmalkaldic* League, and the 1540 Hagenau* Colloquy; signed the 1536 Wittenberg Concord and had F. Myconius* sign the Schmalkaldic Arts. for him; wrote extensively against Anabaps., his treatment becoming standard for Luth. polemics; defended G. Major* and taught that beginning of new life in believers is necessary for salvation. See also Lutheran Confessions, B 1.

G. L. Schmidt, Justus Menius, Der Reformator Thüringens, 2 vols. (Gotha, 1867).

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