Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Lutheran Tradition

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Lutheran visualizations of the Eucharist are closely connected to typology and its late medieval tradition, since some of the most popular and widespread scenes, such as Abraham before Melchizedek or the prophet Elijah and the angel, are types for the anti-type of the Last Supper, the biblical source for the Eucharist. Modern scholars have assumed that typologically or antithetically structured works of art lost their significance in the first two decades of the sixteenth century, especially after the onset of Reformation. This presupposes that an aggressive iconoclasm existed in early Protestant art, which rejected any use of Old Testament themes. Beginning in 1985, Friedrich Ohly published works emphasizing Luther's traditional way of interpreting and making use of typology. He pointed out that, especially in his last years, Luther used typological schemes to elucidate events in the sacred life of Christ through references to the Old Testament.

Keywords: eucharist; Lutheran tradition



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    A Companion to the Eucharist in the Reformation — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation