August 24, 1698, Aarhus, Denmark.

December 24, 1764, Copenhagen, Denmark.

A Pietist, Pontoppidan began studying theology at age 20. He was a private tutor for (among others) the Duke of Pløn, and served as a minister at Nordborg Castle; Vicar at Als; minister at the royal court in Copenhagen; Bishop of Bergen, Norway (1747–54); and pro-chancellor at the University of Copenhagen (1754). His works include:

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