Friedrich Heinrich Ranke

Friedrich Heinrich Ranke (ca. 1850)

Friedrich Heinrich Ranke (30 November 1798, Wiehe 2 September, 1876 Munich) was a German Protestant theologian. He was the brother of historian Leopold von Ranke (1795–1886) and the father of pediatrician Heinrich von Ranke (1830-1909) and anthropologist Johannes Ranke (1836-1916).

He studied theology and philology at the University of Jena, where he was a pupil of Heinrich Luden and Johann Philipp Gabler. He then studied philosophy at the University of Halle (from 1817), afterwards working as a private schoolteacher in Frankfurt an der Oder. In 1826 he was named pastor in the town of Rückersdorf.[1][2]

In 1834 he relocated to Thurnau as dean and senior pastor, and several years later was appointed professor of theology at the University of Erlangen as a successor to Hermann Olshausen (1840). In 1842 he was appointed Konsistorialrat in Bayreuth, followed by duties as Konsistorialrat and Hauptprediger in Ansbach. In 1866 he was appointed Oberconsistorialrat in Munich.[1][2]

He wielded considerable influence towards the implementation of the Erweckungsbewegung (revivalist movement) in Bavaria. He also promoted the development of the Innere Mission (German evangelical movement). Ranke was an opponent of theological rationalism.[3]

Published works

He was the author of lyrics to popular hymns, two of which, are part of the present-day Evangelisches Gesangbuch (Protestant hymn book):[3]

In 1832 he published a German edition of work by John Bunyan with the title of Des Christen Wallfahrt nach der himmlischen Stadt (introduction written by Gotthilf Heinrich von Schubert).[6] He was also author of a two volume study of the Pentateuch, titled Untersuchungen über den Pentateuch, aus dem Gebiete der hoeheren Kritik (volume 1, 1834; volume 2, 1840).[7]


  1. 1 2 Ranke, Friedrich Heinrich at Deutsche Biographie
  2. 1 2 The Church Review, Volume 29, edited by Nathaniel Smith Richardson, Henry Mason Baum, Edward Brenton Boggs
  3. 1 2 Sentence(s) based on a translation of an equivalent article at the German Wikipedia.
  4. Google Books Das Weihnachts-Erlebnis-Buch
  5. de.Wikibooks Liederbuch/ Herbei O ihr Gläubigen
  6. Google Books Des Christen Wallfahrt nach der himmlischen Stadt
  7. HathiTrust Digital Library Untersuchungen über den Pentateuch
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