Josua Stegmann



Born: Sep­tem­ber 14, 1588, Sülz­feld, Ger­ma­ny.

Died: Au­gust 3, 1632, Rin­teln, Ger­ma­ny.

Buried: Rin­teln, Ger­ma­ny.



Son of a Lu­ther­an pastor, Jo­shua en­tered the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leip­zig in 1608 (MA 1611), and was for some time adj­unct of the Phi­lo­so­phi­cal Fa­cul­ty.

In 1617 he was ap­point­ed Su­per­in­tend­ent of the dis­trict (Graf­schaft) of Schaum­burg, and also pas­tor at Stadt­ha­gen, and first pro­fess­or of the Gym­na­si­um there. Be­fore as­sum­ing his du­ties, he gra­du­at­ed DD at Wit­ten­berg, on Oc­to­ber 24, 1617.

When the Gym­na­si­um be­came a uni­ver­si­ty, and trans­ferred to Rin­teln in 1621, he be­came a profess­or of theo­lo­gy there. In 1623, the out­break of war forced him to flee Rin­teln.

After his re­turn, he was ap­point­ed in 1625 Epho­rus of the Lu­ther­an cler­gy of Hess­en-Schaum­burg. By the Edict of Re­sti­tu­tion, pro­mul­gat­ed by the em­per­or on March 6, 1629, he was great­ly ha­rassed; the Ben­e­dict­ine monks, af­ter they had set­tled in Rin­teln, in 1630 claimed to be the right­ful pro­fess­ors, and de­mand­ed the res­to­r­ation of the old church lands, and es­pe­cial­ly the pro­per­ty for­mer­ly be­long­ing to the con­vent at Rin­teln, which had been de­vot­ed to pay­ing the sti­pends of the Lu­ther­an pro­fess­ors.

They sent sol­diers in­to Steg­mann’s house to de­mand that he re­fund his sal­a­ry. He died of a fe­ver short­ly af­ter­ward.