Reading the Bible With Martin Luther
Prominent Reformation historian Timothy Wengert introduces the basic components of Martin Luther's theology of the Bible and examines Luther's contributions to present-day biblical interpretation. Wengert addresses key points of debate regarding Luther's approach to the Bible that have often been...
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Prominent Reformation historian Timothy Wengert introduces the basic components of Martin Luther's theology of the Bible and examines Luther's contributions to present-day biblical interpretation. Wengert addresses key points of debate regarding Luther's approach to the Bible that have often been misunderstood, including biblical authority, the distinction between law and gospel, the theology of the cross, and biblical ethics. He argues that Luther, when rightly understood, offers much wisdom to Christians searching for fresh approaches to the interpretation of Scripture. This brief but comprehensive overview is filled with insights on Luther's theology and its significance for contemporary debates on the Bible, particularly the New Perspective on Paul.
Timothy J. Wengert is Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of Church History at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He is also coeditor of the 2000 English edition of The Book of Concord.
- <b>contents</b><br>1. Authority: Putting James In Its Place<br> James And Straw<br> The Self-authenticating Scripture<br> Sola Scriptura?<br>2. Method: Dying And Rising<br> A Cautionary Tale About Throwing Stones<br> Distinguishing Law And Gospel<br> The Law's First Use: The Pastor As Vo-tech Teacher<br> A Third Use For The Law: The First And The Second Uses Apply To Believers<br> Exegesis Is For Proclamation: Finding The Law And The Gospel In The Text<br>3. Interpretation: Strength Perfected In Weakness<br> The Weakness Of Scripture<br> Finding The Central Weakness Of Scripture: Romans<br> Finding The Center Of The Gospels<br>4. Practice: Luther's Biblical Ethics<br> <i> Gleichmut</i>: The Christian's Balancing Act<br> <i>das Gewissen</i>: The Conscience<br> <i>glaube</i>: Faith<br> <i>gemeinschaft</i>: Community<br>5. Example: Luther Interpreting Galatians 3:6-14<br> The <i>argumentum<br></i> Galatians 3:6-14 In 1519<br> Galatians 3:6-14 In 1535<br>an Afterword: Looking Forward To Reading The Bible With Luther<br>index