Opera Omnia: Critical Edition of the Works of Philipp Melanchthon

Ever since 1897 a critical edition of the works of Philipp Melanchthon was planned, but it’s not until now this project will start to be realized through a cooperation of various institutions and scholars within RefoRC, the academic section of Refo500. Goal of the project is the historical-critical edition of the Opera Philosophica et Theologica of Philipp Melanchthon. His oeuvre consists of a multitude of works on a great variety of topics which have been of enormous and lasting influence on church, university and society through the ages.

Now after several years of intense preparation and discussion on editorial and bibliographical issues, a critical edition of Melanchthon is ready to start and will be published by De Gruyter (Berlin). Refo500 partners Melanchthon-Akademie Bretten, the Institut für Spätmittelalter und Reformation at Universität Tübingen, and the Theological University Apeldoorn have joined forces and have chosen the Melanchthon-Akademie in Bretten as center of coordination. Close cooperation with the Melanchthon-Forschungsstelle Heidelberg and the Humboldt-Universität Berlin has been arranged. Editors-in-chief of the project are Günter Frank and Herman Selderhuis.

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Title Research Project

Opera Omnia: Critical Edition of the Works of Philipp Melanchthon


Name of the Organizing Institutions

Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie Bretten
Institut für Spätmittelalter und Reformation (University Tübingen)
Melanchthon-Forschungsstelle Heidelberg
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Theological University Apeldoorn


Name of Coordinators of the Project

Philosophical works: Günter Frank
Theological works: Herman Selderhuis


Online Platform

The Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie has developed an online platform for the critical edition: melanchthonedition.com.


Possibilities to Join the Research Project

The edition is a project in which institutions and individual scholars can take responsibility to edit one or more works. For institutions this implies the possibility to become a member of the Reformation Research Consortium.



Dr. Günter Frank
Function in this project: coordinator
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