Philip Melanchthon

Philip Melanchthon : Theologian in Classroom, Confession, and Controversy

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"I have never learned so much about Melanchthon in such a short time as I have from Wengert's essays here includedI recommend most heartily, sincerely, and joyfully this volume to students of the Reformation, students of the history of the Church more broadly, students of the German Reformation, students of Melanchthon, and general readers looking for a volume from which they might learn a great deal about one of the Reformation's 'shadow' figures." -- Jim West, Quartz Hill School of Theology English summary: These twelve essays by international scholars investigate Melanchthon's theological activities as teacher, confessor of the faith, and defender of his doctrine and ecclesiastical policies as they developed within the context of his service of society and church. In the past quarter century Melanchthon researchers have scrutinized older, mostly negative, interpretations of the Preceptor Germaniae. The editors present in this volume precisely focused appraisals of Master Philip in his role as theologian at the university and in the service of his own prince and others. By carefully placing his use of Aristotle, his understanding of the nature of training for pastoral ministry, his biblical exegesis in context, by analyzing four of his attempts to formulate Wittenberg teaching in public confession, by assessing how his own writings took on normative character for the church, and by tracing his thinking on the free will and the Lord's Supper in the midst of controversy, these authors offer carefully etched portraits of Melanchthon as Preceptor ecclesiae. This volume contributes to the expansion of our understanding of Melanchthon as key figure in the Wittenberg Reformation and the currents of controversy that have long surrounded the interpretation of his contributions. German description: These twelve essays by international scholars investigate Melanchthon's theological activities as teacher, confessor of the faith, and defender of his doctrine and ecclesiastical policies as they developed within the context of his service of society and church. In the past quarter century Melanchthon researchers have scrutinized older, mostly negative, interpretations of the Preceptor Germaniae. The editors present in this volume precisely focused appraisals of Master Philip in his role as theologian at the university and in the service of his own prince and others. By carefully placing his use of Aristotle, his understanding of the nature of training for pastoral ministry, his biblical exegesis in context, by analyzing four of his attempts to formulate Wittenberg teaching in public confession, by assessing how his own writings took on normative character for the church, and by tracing his thinking on the free will and the Lord's Supper in the midst of controversy, these authors offer carefully etched portraits of Melanchthon as Preceptor ecclesiae. This volume contributes to the expansion of our understanding of Melanchthon as key figure in the Wittenberg Reformation and the currents of controversy that have long surrounded the interpretation of his contributions.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 612.35g
  • Gottingen, Germany
  • German
  • 3525550472
  • 9783525550472
  • 2,223,483

About Irene Dingel

Kolb, Robert
Robert Kolb ist Professor em. für Systematische Theologie am Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis, USA.

Kuropka, Nicole
Nicole Kuropka ist Gastdozentin an der Kirchlichen Hochschule in Wuppertal/Bethel und Berufsschulpfarrerin in Düsseldorf.

Dingel, Irene
Dr. phil. theol. habil. Irene Dingel ist Direktorin des Leibniz-Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Abteilung für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte, Mainz.

Wengert, Timothy J.
Timothy J. Wengert ist Professor für Kirchengeschichte am Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, USA.
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