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Martin Luther *

G. Sujin Pak

in The Judaizing Calvin

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195371925
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199870981 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371925.003.0003

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Martin Luther                       *

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Chapter 2 begins with a description of the significance of the Psalms in Luther's life, theology, and exegesis. It argues that Luther remains in keeping with the antecedent interpretive tradition by viewing these eight messianic Psalms as being literal prophecies of Christ and as providing clear teachings concerning Trinity and the two natures of Christ. The chapter traces the development of Luther's Psalms exegesis over time by demonstrating new themes, such as the themes of comfort and the teaching of justification by faith alone. The author also shows development in Luther's reading strategies, such as the replacement of spirit versus letter with Law versus Gospel, and particularly points to the negative theological role Jews play in Luther's exegesis. Luther depicts the Jews as the archenemy of Christ and the church—an image that is then redeployed by him against the Roman Catholics.

Keywords: Luther; Psalms; Jews; exegesis; Trinity; literal; comfort; justification by faith alone; Law; Gospel

Chapter.  10565 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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