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The Pastoral Luther: Essays on Martin Luther’s Practical Theology

, 2009
ISBN: 9780802863515
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This text explores a long-neglected aspect of Martin Luther—his life and ministry as a pastor. 16 church historians here examine Martin Luther in an uncommon way—not as Reformer or theologian but as pastor. Luther’s work as parish pastor commanded much of his time and energy in Wittenberg. After introducing the pastoral Luther, including his theology of the cross, these essays discuss Luther’s preaching and use of language (including humor), investigate his teaching ministry in depth, and explore his views on such things as the role of women, the Virgin Mary, and music.

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  • Title: The Pastoral Luther: Essays on Martin Luther’s Practical Theology
  • Author: Timothy J. Wengert
  • Series: Lutheran Quarterly Books
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Luther, Martin, 1483-1546; Theology, practical › History--16th century; Pastoral theology › Lutheran Church--History--16th century
  • ISBNs: 9780802863515, 9781506427249, 0802863515, 1506427243
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T02:08:44Z

Timothy Wengert teaches and does research in Reformation History and the Lutheran Confessions. In 1981 he discovered and published notes on two of Martin Luther’s sermons from 1520. His dissertation, published by Librairie Droz in Geneva Switzerland, investigates Philip Melanchthon’s interpretation of John’s Gospel. While a representative for the ELCA on the Commission on Faith and Order of the National Council of Churches, he co-edited a book for Eerdmans publishing house on the role of church history in ecumenism, Telling the Churches’ Stories. In 2000 a new English edition of The Book of Concord appeared edited jointly by Robert Kolb and Timothy Wengert (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Publishers). His translation of Luther’s Small Catechism from that volume is used widely throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has written two other books on Philip Melanchthon: Human Freedom, Christian Righteousness (Oxford University Press) focuses on Melanchthon’s relation to Erasmus. Law and Gospel (Baker Books) concentrates on his relation to John Agricola and the third use of the law. In 1997, for the 500th anniversary of Melanchthon’s birth, he edited a book for Sheffield Academic Press entitled Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560) and the Commentary. In February 2000, the city of Bretten, Germany (Melanchthon’s birth place) awarded him Melanchthon Prize for contributions to the field of Reformation scholarship, especially for his book on Melanchthon and Erasmus.


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