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In 1501, a 17-year-old German boy named Martin Luther entered the University of Erfurt. He had some knowledge of the Bible—having learned a few of its stories from the artwork of St. George’s church, just up the hill from his parents’ smelting operation in Mansfeld—but he may not have been able to distinguish clearly between the legend of St. George slaying the dragon and the biblical account of Samson wrestling a lion. Two decades later, young Luther was reading the Bible in a wholly different light: In the pages of Scripture, he had discovered, God was actually speaking.
Students of the Bible will have a new way to explore God’s word when the Museum of the Bible opens in November in Washington, D.C. The six-story, 430,000-square-foot museum will display thousands of artifacts spanning biblical history from ancient to modern times. The goal, organizers say, is to create an experience that helps all people better understand the story, history, and influence of the Bible.
It was many years ago, so I don’t remember the specific idea the pastor put forward at our congregational meeting that day. What I do recall is the loud objection of one member who jumped to his feet and appealed to the “priesthood of all believers,” claiming an authority equal to the pastor’s. I also recall that this episode made me wonder: When Martin Luther discussed the priesthood of all believers, did he really intend for the church to become radically democratized? Was he calling for each Christian to be spiritually autonomous?
—Karen H. Jobes
Probably the most significant contribution of the Reformers was their emphasis on teaching the Bible and, more specifically, applying its message of God’s commands and promises to the everyday life of Christians. Martin Luther occupied himself almost constantly with Bible teaching through his vocation as a pastor and professor. During the last 10 years of his life (though with several long interruptions), he lectured twice a week on the book of Genesis.
—John A. Maxfield