Heydelbergæ: Typis J. Mylii,1584-? 1584. Quarto,8 x 6 inches . A-D4, E6 . Bound in modern wrappers. VD16 ZV 7137. Item #826
His Uncle Simon adopted the name "Grynaeus" from the epithet of Apollo in Virgil. (who was born Simon Griner ) and Johann Jakob kept it! He was appointed in 1575 to the chair of Old Testament exegesis at Basel, he became involved in unpleasant controversy with Simon Sulzer and other champions of Lutheran orthodoxy; and in 1584 he was glad to accept an invitation to assist in the restoration of the university of Heidelberg. Returning to Basel in 1586, after Simon Sulzer's death, as antistes or superintendent of the church there and as professor of the New Testament, he exerted a considerable influence upon both the church and the state affairs of that community, and acquired a wide reputation as a skillful theologian of the school of Ulrich Zwingli. Five years before his
death he became totally blind, but continued to preach and lecture till his death.