He was born the son of a poor cooper from Rathenow, a small town on the river Havel around 20 miles north of Brandenburg an der Havel. The very gifted young Bodecker studied arts, philosophy and law at the universities of Erfurt, Leipzig and Prague and became a well known scholar and adviser to the Brandenburgian margraves. As bishop of Brandenburg he became a Prince of the Empire, thus having a very unusual career for the Middle Ages.
Bishop Bodecker was a knowledgeable friend and strong defender of the discriminated Jews in Brandenburg. Furthermore, he reorganized the diocese, which was in a chaotic state when he took office.
Bishop Bodecker was a member of the order of Premonstratensians.
He is buried in the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul (in German) in Brandenburg.
- Annette Wigger. Stephan Bodeker, O. Praem, Bischof von Brandenburg (1421-1459), Leben, Wirken und ausgewählte Werke. Frankfurt, Peter Lang 1992.
- John, James J. The University Career of Bishop Stephen Bodeker (1348-1459) of Brandenburg. With the Text of his Repetition on the Judge and his Conscience. In: Domonkos, Leslie S.; Schneider, Robert J. [Publ.]. Studium generale. Studies offered to Astrik Ladislas Gabriel. Notre Dame, Ind. 1967, p. 131-147.
- Jewish Encyclopedia
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