THE QUEST FOR COMFORT: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism by William Boekestein | A combined history and art to retell the events that led to making the catechism. By sharing the stories of Caspar Olevianus, Zacharias Ursinus, and Frederick III and how they came to Heidelberg, children will gain a greater appreciation of the Christian faith as it is expressed in the Heidelberg Catechism.
Tradition credits Zacharius Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus with being coauthors of the Heidelberg Catechism. It was approved by a synod in Heidelberg in January 1563. The Synod of Dort in 1618-1619 approved the Heidelberg Catechism, and it soon became the most ecumenical of the Reformed catechisms and confessions. The catechism has been translated into many European, Asian, and African languages and is the most widely used and most warmly praised catechism of the Reformation period.
Zacharius Ursinus was born on July 18, 1534 in the town of Breslau of Silesia, a province of Austria. He was born of a family by the name of Baer, or Bear. Those who know the Big Dipper as Ursa Major will alsoknow that Ursinus is only the Latin word for bear.