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Martin Luther’s Reception Of Paul

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The vast corpus of the critical edition of the works of Martin Luther is now complete. Clearly, the historian who attempts to take the measure of Luther's reception of Paul will suffer no shortage of primary source materials. In recent years, research on Luther's Paulinism has been further stimulated by a number of scholarly trends. The Romans lectures remained unpublished in the 16th century and, indeed, virtually unknown, until the early twentieth century, when Heinrich Denifle discovered a copy of the lectures in the Vatican library and made them the basis of his attempt to demolish Luther's reputation as a theologian. The "commentary" on I Corinthians 7 was written in praise of marriage, partly in answer to the defense of priestly celibacy that had begun to emerge from Luther's critics. Luther was an experienced but hardly a conventional reader of Paul.

Keywords: Corinthians 7; Heinrich Denifle; Martin Luther; Paul; Romans lectures



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