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Martin Luther’s Reformatory Discovery  

Dietrich Korsch

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Mar 2017
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Religion

... Martin Luther’s Reformatory Discovery The Historical and Methodological Dimensions of the Topic What was Luther’s Reformatory Discovery? When did it take place? What happened before this date? And why did his new insight produce so many consequences, in both church and society? The topic of a “Reformatory Discovery” is crucial for research both on Luther’s theology and on the Reformation as a historical event. But the topic has its own history. There is perhaps no other subject in reformatory theology in which historical and theological questions...

Martin Luther’s Life, 1483–1516  

Volker Leppin

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Jul 2016
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Religion

...used as a template for our modern understanding of Luther’s historical development. The same is true of the so-called “tower experience” ( Turmerlebnis ), which we should simply drop from our biographical narratives. Some Table Talks present the story of Martin Luther having his reformatory discovery “in the closet in the tower,” 23 which gave rise to some debates about the exact location of the closet! However, a more careful reading of the Table Talks shows that the reference to a tower was not provided by Luther himself but by the scribes who compiled the Table...

Martin Luther’s Perspectival Eschatology  

Vítor Westhelle

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Aug 2016
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Religion

...die Theologie Martin Luthers.” In Luther und Theosis: Vergöttlichung als Thema der abendländischen Theologie . Edited by Simo Peura and Anti Raunio , 81–102. Helsinki: Martin Luther Verlag, 1990. Bayer, Oswald . “Rupture of Times: Luther’s Relevance for Today.” Lutheran Quarterly 13.1 (Spring 1999): 35–50. Edwards, Mark U., Jr. Luther’s Last Battles . Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1983. Forell, Georg Wolfgang . “Justification and Eschatology in Luther’s Thought.” Present Truth 44.4 (1969): 1–11. Kolb, Robert . Martin Luther as prophet, Teacher...

Martin Luther's Practice of Old Testament Commentary  

John A. Maxfield

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Mar 2017
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Religion

...task of publishing Luther’s lectures in the genre of biblical commentary. 14 Significant Old Testament Commentary by Luther Published in the Reformation Era “Operationes in Psalmos” and other Psalms Commentary, 1519–1546 Modern scholars have debated the extent to which Luther’s reformatory theology was developed during his first Psalms lectures, but it is clear that in the second series on the Psalms, Luther was teaching his students his new theology. These lectures on Psalms 1 through 22, which he called Operationes in Psalmos , Luther prepared piecemeal...

Baptism in Martin Luther’s Theology  

Kirsi Stjerna

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Mar 2017
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Religion

...early work with the biblical texts that led him to his reformatory discoveries ( Psalms, Romans, Hebrews, Galatians , 1513–1517 ), while he returns to biblical explanation of baptism with his late Genesis lectures ( 1535–1545 ). In 1519 , Luther published “The Holy and Blessed Sacrament of Baptism,” originally a sermon, included in a trilogy dedicated to Duchess Margaretha of Braunschweig-Lüneburg. Emphasizing God’s promise and the death and new life that baptismal water brings about, Luther explains God’s institution behind the sacrament. In 1523 , his “Baptismal...

Martin Luther, Bible Translation, and the German Language  

Anja Lobenstein-Reichmann

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Mar 2017
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Religion

...homepage for Luther: http://www.luther.de/kontext/sprache.html . 18. See (2005): “Luther’s translation of the Bible as a creation of language […] We have at least to do it with stops along the way to the language which Luther created.” Johannes Brockhoff, “Es begann in Wittenberg — Martin Luthers Bedeutung für die deutsche Sprache und Literatur,” in Literarische Orte—Orte der Literatur , eds. Hans-Herbert Wintgens and Gerard Oppermann (Hildesheim: Univ.-Verl., 2005), 37–43, here 39. 19. Zwo Tröstliche Predigt Uber der Leich Doct: Martini Luther zu Eissleben...

Martin Luther on Faith  

Philipp Stoellger

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Mar 2017
Subject:
Religion

...Operationes in Psalmos ; 17 (b) the transition to the so-called reformatory discovery of God’s justifying righteousness; (c) the clarified and edited Reformation theology as found in the Heidelberg Disputation and in the major writings of the Reformation; as well as, (d) the late Luther during the second Reformation as a thinker of the (new) order of the Church. In the following, the systematic presentation will be limited to the classical concept. 18 Antitheses In order to determine Luther’s concept of faith, its antonyms are significant for external d...

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