Category Archives: Martin Luther and the Reformation

Table talk in the Old Latin School

Sitting at my father´s table is one of my favorite memories. There was plenty of space. So that not just nine kids – with three grandmothers – enjoyed my mother´s gastronomic gifts. There was the mission secretary Hanns Gnauk, who … Continue reading

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Genesis Lectures.

“Luther´s exegesis over more than a decade.” Part 7 of “Guidance in the Pentateuch. Re-reading Moses with Luther.” Genesis Lectures (8 volumes in Luther´s Works – and over 11 yrs)[1] John Maxfield finds this evangelical understanding in the lectures (Pg.9), … Continue reading

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So, how should Christians regard Moses?

Part 6: Guidance in the Pentateuch: Re-reading Moses with Luther. ML answers this question summarily in a sermon dated 27th August 1525, which was the 29th in a string of seventy-seven sermons on Exodus (Bachmann, Pg.159): Eyn Unterrichtung wie sich … Continue reading

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So, what does Luther look for in Moses?

Part 5: Guidance in the Pentateuch. Re-reading Moses with Luther. The provocative “Judensau” is displayed outside on St.Mary´s. It too is very much in the lime-light and contemporary controversies – way beyond the limits of old Wittenberg.[1] Luther as translator of … Continue reading

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Can we give up the OT?

(Part 4 Guidance in the Pentateuch. Re-reading Moses with Luther.) Professor Notger Slenczka (Alexander von Humboldt University, Berlin) provokes with his statements concerning the relation of Old and New Testament (2015). This fundamental theological debate sparked fireworks even in the … Continue reading

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The Gospel way: Sola fide

Part 3 of “Guidance in the Pentateuch. Re-reading Moses with Luther” In stark contrast to the determinative and fatal law is the Gospel as new way (Acts 9,2), which is the triune God´s only route to salvation from the very … Continue reading

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Religion: Reconnecting with God (Laws of life)

(2. Guidance in the Pentateuch: Rereading Moses with Luther) Judaism, which understand itself as God´s distinct people and their “constitution as God´s own people” (Seebaß 1996), has as one of its central precepts the Halakha, meaning the walk, way, route, or path … Continue reading

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Guidance in the Pentateuch

0. Introduction to “Re-reading Moses with Luther” Jogging in Kullavik – just south of Göteborg – a local encouraged me to press on during my holidays: “The universal principle will guide You.” Well, I didn´t get lost. Not immediately. Not … Continue reading

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We are beggars. That is true.

Luther´s last note dating back to the 16th February 1546 in Eisleben contextualizes his busy life as biblical theologian, faithful teacher of the church and ever diligent student of the Holy Scriptures. Here is the note as recorded in “Table … Continue reading

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Reading, learning, suffering God´s Word

In his preface to the Wittenberg edition of his German writings of 1539 Dr. Martin Luther shows God´s means of forming faithful followers through His Holy Word. Luther refers us to King David´s deep Psalm 119. It´s the way God … Continue reading

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