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Luther And Müntzer See Mary's Magnificat Through Different Spectacles

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The priorities of the two interpretations of the Magnificant by Martin Luther and of Luke 1 by Thomas Müntzer are very different in deed. By drawing on Jeremiah 9:22-23, with its sharp criticism of glorifying in wisdom, might and riches Luther could highlights "the proud" in Luke 1, recognizing in Mary's song his own experiences with the pope and his followers. For him, the song of Mary teaches the right manner of believing. By drawing on quotations from, among other things, Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Isaiah, Müntzer claims to have been called by God him self to lead the simple Christians to understand what belief really means. A Christian can believe only after passing through fear, trembling and affliction. According to Müntzer, Luther is guilty of proffering an easy form of belief and stealing away the Bible from the common man.

Keywords: Bible; Jeremiah; Luke; Martin Luther; Mary's song; Thomas Müntzer



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