Beth Kreitzer

in Reforming Mary

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195166545
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835188 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology


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The sermons considered in this volume present the orthodox, official opinions of the emerging Lutheran tradition during the 16th century. The purpose behind the presentation of Mary in these sermons is both pedagogical and hortatory. Portrayals of Mary are meant to teach the audience how to believe, live, behave, and read the bible, and then encourage them to incorporate these ideas into their lives and behavior. Images of Mary help answer the question, what did it mean for German Lutherans pastors to be a “good Christian”, and a good citizen.

Keywords: Lutheran sermons; Virgin Mary; Christian; citizen

Chapter.  4427 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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