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Family and student life, 1660–1682

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Conrad Bröske was born to Herman and Catharina Bröske on March 23, 1660 in the village of Balhorn in the district of Gudensberg, between Kassel and Waldeck. Conrad Bröske tells us that in 1667, at age seven, he began attending the Latin school in Balhorn conducted by the local Reformed preacher, Conrad Winter of Kassel. Bröske arrived in Marburg on October 18, 1678. He completed his studies at the Reformed Philipps-University in Marburg where he was nurtured in the twin virtues of piety and knowledge, and learned the importance of maintaining orthodox Reformed doctrine as found in the Heidelberg Catechism and the Formula Consensus Helvetica. The Hessen Stipendia tenanstalt provided the setting for much of Conra Bröske's student experience over his four years in Marburg. In 1684 Bröske was invited by Count Johann Philipp II to become second preacher at the Reformed Church in Offenbach near Frankfurt am Mayn.

Keywords: Balhorn; Conrad Bröske; Hessen Stipendia tenanstalt; Marburg; Reformed preacher



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