1582 – He was born on the 17th day of October this year in the German City of Quedlinburg.
1596 – At the age of fourteen, during a dangerous illness, he came under the personal influence of Johann Arndt, author of Das wahre Christenthum, and resolved to study for the church.
1599 – He entered the University of Wittenberg in this year, to study philosophy. He also attended lectures in theology, and then changed to medicine for two years.
1603 – He resumed his theological reading at Jena, and in the following year received a new impulse from J.W. Winckelmann and Balthasar Mentzer at Marburg.
1605 – He graduated in this year and begun to give lectures at Jena.
1606 – He accepted the invitation of John Casimir, Duke of Coburg, to the superintendency of Heldburg and mastership of the gymnasium; soon afterwards he became general superintendent of the duchy.
1616 – He was engaged in the practical work of ecclesiastical organization until this year, when he became theological professor at Jena, where the remainder of his life was spent.
1637 – He died on the 10th day of August this year.