In interpreting the old records, it is generally important to be able to view other records of the same time and place.  Usually this is necessary to be able to decipher the individual handwriting of the writer!  Additionally, multiple records give an opportunity to learn the general structure of the records.  Knowing what you are looking for is the first, and for me, the most important step in translating these old documents written in combinations of German and Latin.  Only by knowing what to expect in a series of records can one identify records that are different for some reason. Those differences can breath life into the otherwise dry recitations of dates and places.  The death record of Paulus Hasselbacher is such an example. 

Having said the above, this image is the only one I have of temporally related records for this date, and it is not in perfect focus.  None the less, it gives a feeling of the reality of looking at old church books.  I have labeled instances that I could recognize of other elements of a death record for this particular sequence.

Some earlier functionary has underlined the family names in red.  Note also the use of astrological signs to identify the day of the week. The symbols for the days of all the 10 other records on these two pages are standard and check out correctly against a perpetual calendar.  However, Jan 4, 1750 was a Sunday.  The standard symbol for Sunday is a circle with a dot in the middle.  The figure in the record of Paulus is a moon looking down and to the left.  The symbol for Monday is a moon with a face. (Does it make any difference whether the moon faces left or right.) I have no others Sundays or Mondays on this page to compare. Did the minister get the date wrong?  Was there confusion between the day of death and the date of the funeral.  Are the dates above all funeral dates? [Answer: almost certainly yes.] They are heavily weighted towards Friday and Saturday.  Was the minister trying to make some kind of statement: is this one for Paulus something unique?  Next trip I will have to look at more pages!