Born: December 16, 1564, Reinstedt (near Orlamünde), Thuringia.
Died: January 4, 1654, Jena, Germany.
Son of farmer Johann Gross (Latinized to Major), Johann was ordained as diaconus at Weimar, and in 1605 became pastor and superintendent at Jena.
In 1611, he was appointed professor at Jena (DD July 1612).
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