The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luthers Theology

Hardcover | August 14, 2014

EditorRobert Kolb, Irene Dingel, Lubomir Batka

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As celebrations of the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther's initiation of the most dramatic reform movement in the history of Christianity approach, 47 essays by historians and theologians from 15 countries provide insight into the background and context, the content, and the impactof his way of thought. Nineteenth-century Chinese educational reformers, twentieth-century African and Indian social reformers, German philosophers and Christians of many traditions on every continent have found in Luther's writings stimulation and provocation for addressing modern problems. This volume offers studies of the late medieval intellectual milieus in which his thought was formed, the hermeneutical principles that guided his reading and application of the Bible, the content of his formulations of Christian teaching on specific topics, his social and ethic thought, the ways inwhich his contemporaries, both supporters and opponents, helped shape his ideas, the role of specific genre in developing his positions on issues of the day, and the influences he has exercised in the past and continues to exercise today in various parts of the world and the Christian church.Authors synthesize the scholarly debates and analysis of Luther's thinking and point to future areas of research and exploration of his thought.

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As celebrations of the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther's initiation of the most dramatic reform movement in the history of Christianity approach, 47 essays by historians and theologians from 15 countries provide insight into the background and context, the content, and the impactof his way of thought. Nineteenth-century Chi...

Robert Kolb is Professor of Systematic Theology emeritus at Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis, USA. Irene Dingel is Director of the Leibniz-Institute for Europen History, Mainz. Lubomir Batka is Dean of the Lutheran Theological Faculty at Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:688 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.1 inPublished:August 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Luther s Thought and its role in the Twenty-First-Century Global SocietiesI. Luther s Life1. Charlotte Methuen: Luthers LifeII. The medieval background and origins of Luther s thought2. Theodor Dieter: Luther as Late Medieval Theologian: His Positive and Negative use of Nominalism and Realism3. Volker Leppin: Luthers roots in Monastic-Mystical piety4. Martin Wernisch: Luther and Medieval Reform Movements, Particularly the Hussites5. Erik Herrmann: Luthers Absorption of Medieval Biblical Interpretation and His Use of the Church Fathers6. Robert Rosin: Humanism, Luther and the Wittenberg Reformation7. Gerhard Muller: Luthers Transformation of Medieval Thought: Discontinuity and Continuity8. Volker Leppin: Luthers Transformation of Medieval Thought: Continuity and DiscontinuityIII. The hermeneutical principles that guided Luther s teaching and preaching9. Mark Thompson: Luther on God and History10. Johannes von Lupke: Luthers Use of Language11. Vitor Westhelle: Luthers Theologia crucis12. Robert Kolb: Luthers Hermeneutics of Distinctions: Law and Gospel, Two Kinds of Righteousness, Two Realms, Freedom and BondageIV. Luthers treatment of the traditional topics of western Christian theology13. Steven Paulson: Luther Doctrine of God14. Johannes Schwanke: Luther Theology of Creation15. Notger Slenczka: Luthers Anthropology16. L ubomir Batka: Luthers Teaching on Sin and Evil17. Risto Saaarinen: Justification by Faith: The View of the Mannermaa School18. Mark Mattes: Luther on Justification as Forensic and Effective19. Mattheiu Arnold: Luther on Christ s Person and Work20. Jeffrey Silcock: Luther on the Holy Spirit and His Use of God s Word21. Jonathan Trigg: Luther on Baptism and Penance22. Gordon A. Jensen: Luther and the Lord s Supper23. David P. Daniel: Luther on the Church24. Jane E. Strohl: Luthers EschatologyV. Luthers view of sanctified living25. Jane E. Strohl: The Framework for Christian Living: Luther on the Christian s Callings26. Jane E. Strohl: Luther on Marriage, Sexuality and the Family27. Ricardo Rieth: Luthers Treatment of Economic Life28. Eike Wolgast: Luthers Treatment of Political and Societal Life29. Carter Lindberg: Piety, Prayer, and Worship in Luthers View of Daily Life30. Gregory Miller: Luthers Views of Jews and Turks31. Paul Rajashekar: Luther as a Resource for Christian Dialogue with Other World ReligionsVI. The genre in which Luther shaped his theology32. Mary Jane Haemig: The Influence of the Genre of Exegetical Instruction, Preaching, and Catechesis on Luther33. Ronald K. Rittgers: How Luthers Engagement in Pastoral Care Shaped Luthers Theology34. Anna Vind: Luthers Thought Assumed Form in Polemics35. Christoph Burger: Translation of Scripture and Hymns Shaped Luthers TheologyVI. The Impact and Reception of Luther's Thought in History and in the twenty-first Century36. Timothy J. Wengert: The Wittenberg circle37. Heribert Smolinsky: Luthers Roman Catholic Critics38. Amy Nelson Burnett: Luther and the Schwarmer39. Irene Dingel: Luthers Authority in the Late Reformation and Protestant Orthodoxy40. Paul R. Hinlicky: The Use of Luthers Thought in Pietism and the Enlightenment41. Heinrich Assel: The Use of Luthers Thought in the Nineteenth Century and the Luther Renaissance42. Thomas A. Brady, Jr.: Marxist Evaluations of Luthers Thought43. Theo M. M. A. C. Bell: Roman Catholic Luther Research in the Twentieth Century: From Rejection to Rehabilitation44. Kenneth G. Appold: Luthers Abiding Significance for World Protestantism45. Pilgrim W. K. Lo: Luther and Asia46. Luther in Africa47. Nestor Luiz Joao Beck: Luther Studies in Latin AmericaConclusion: Venturing into the Study of LutherAppendices: Sources and Resources, and Glossary