Jacob Benzelius

Jakob Benzelius (25 February 1683 in Uppsala – 29 June 1747) was Archbishop of Uppsala in the Church of Sweden from 1744 to his death.[1]

The Most Reverend

Jakob Benzelius
Archbishop of Uppsala
Primate of Sweden
Jakob Benzelius.jpg
ChurchChurch of Sweden
In office1744–1747
PredecessorErik Benzelius the younger
SuccessorHenric Benzelius
RankMetropolitan Archbishop
Personal details
Born(1683-02-25)25 February 1683
Uppsala, Sweden
Died19 June 1747(1747-06-19) (aged 64)
Stockholm, Sweden
BuriedUppsala Cathedral
ParentsErik Benzelius the elder
Margaretha Odhelia
SpouseCatharina Edenberg
Previous post(s)Bishop of Gothenburg (1731–1744)
Alma materUppsala University


Jakob Benzelius was the son of Archbishop Erik Benzelius the Elder (1632–1714) and Margaretha Odhelia (1653–1693). He studied at Uppsala University, graduated as filosofie magister (M.A.) in 1703. He became a lecturer of philosophy and theologically at Uppsala. He became church pastor in the parish of Näs in Västergötland followed by several years visiting foreign universities. He was professor of theology at Lund University 1718–1731. He was appointed Doctor of Theology in 1725, Bishop of Gothenburg 1731–1744 and succeeded his elder brother Erik Benzelius the Younger (1675–1743) as Archbishop of Uppsala in 1744. He was succeeded as Archbishop by his younger brother Henric Benzelius (1689–1758). [2][3]

Jacob Benzelius wrote several influential books on theology. He was married to Catharina Edenberg, daughter of diplomat Mattias Edenberg (1640–1709).[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Religious Organizations" (in Swedish). World Statesmen. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Jacob Benzelius". Svenskt biografiskt lexikon. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "Henric Benzelius". Svenskt biografiskt lexikon. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "Matthias Edenberg". Svenskt biografiskt lexikon. Retrieved June 1, 2020.

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Preceded by
Bishop of Gothenburg
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Erik Benzelius
Archbishop of Uppsala
Succeeded by
Henrik Benzelius