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Re-Invention, Innovation, And Reaction: Lutheran And Catholic Postils, 1535–1555

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In this chapter, the author deals with the production of postils beyond 1535. To suggest that the first phase of Catholic postil production ended in 1535 is arbitrary from a purely Catholic perspective, as they continued to be written and printed. That same year other Evangelicals joined Luther and began to produce their own standard sermon collections. Anton Corvin recognized the connection between preaching and the maintenance of order. In one form or another, Anton Corvin's postils numbered among the best sellers during the first four decades of the Reformation. One of the first new genres to emerge was inevitable in the wake of reform: textbooks for grammar school and university students studying the basics of the new doctrine as reflected in traditional pericopes. That academic genres could achieve the transition to a wider market was demonstrated by one of the most academic Evangelicals of the lot, Philipp Melanchthon.

Keywords: 1535-1555; Anton Corvin; Catholic postils; Lutheran postils; Reformation



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