Born: Ap­ril 11, 1675, Bop­fing­en, Würt­tem­berg, Ger­ma­ny.

Died: Feb­ru­ary 5, 1723, Halle, Ger­ma­ny.


Johann was the son of Ge­org Ad­am Herrn­schmidt, di­a­co­nus at Bop­fin­gen (1673–1702), and town preach­er (1702–14).

He en­tered the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alt­dorf in 1696 (MA 1698), and in the au­tumn of 1698 went to Halle.

In the spring of 1702 he became as­sist­ant to his fa­ther, and in Ju­ly 1702, Hel­fer at the town church. In 1712 he be­came su­per­in­tend­ent, court preach­er, and Con­sis­tor­i­al­rath at Id­stein. He al­so gra­du­at­ed from Halle that year.

In 1715, he was ap­point­ed Pro­fes­sor of Theo­lo­gy at Halle, and in 1716 al­so sub-di­rect­or of the or­phan­age and Pä­da­go­gi­um there.

The ma­jor­i­ty of Herrn­schmidt’s hymns were writ­ten dur­ing his first re­si­dence at Halle, and ap­peared most­ly in Frey­ling­hau­sen’s Geist­reich­es Ge­sang­buch.




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