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François Lambert d’Avignon (ca. 1487–1530): Early Ecclesial Reform and Training for the Ministry at Marburg

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This chapter examines some of François Lambert d'Avignon's rhetoric against the scholastics who preceded him and balances this with various scholastic motifs present in his writings, in his disputational theses, and in the pedagogy of the University of Marburg, all to make the argument that he carried out his biblical exegesis and polemics with significant recourse to existing scholastic methods. His main concern was that nothing would undermine the priority of Scripture in theology. Lambert himself was recruited for the Reformation partly through a public disputation between Zwingli and himself in Zurich on 17 July 1522. The bulk of Lambert's publications were Scripture commentaries which grew out of his public lectures. One important excursus within Lambert's commentaries also deserves mention for its scholastic style: when commenting on Hosea 4:19 he writes out a disputation on the question of the human will's freedom of choice.

Keywords: biblical exegesis; early ecclesial reform; François Lambert d'Avignon; public disputation; scholastic motifs; University of Marburg

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