(short for Lat. loci classici, literally classical places, i. e. passages). Passages standard for elucidating a subject or word. Theol. works entitled Loci were produced in the 16th and 17th cents. by P. Melanchthon,* M. Chemnitz,* J. Gerhard,* A. Praetorius,* V. Strigel,* M. Hafenreffer,* L. Hutter.* et al. In course of time the term loci communes (common places) came to connote any work dealing with the sum of Christian doctrine, loci theologici (theological places [or passages]) came to denote the content, and thus the main passages of Scripture as included in individual loci.
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