Enduring Models and Changing Tastes at Century's End

Philip M. Soergel

in Miracles and the Protestant Imagination

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199844661
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932856 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Enduring Models and Changing Tastes at Century's End

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The final chapter of this study treats the Promptuarium exemplorum of the Saxon country parson Andreas Hohndorff. Hohndorff published his widely read text in 1568, and it became one of the enduring staples of evangelical literature over the course of the next century. Like the other wonder books of the late sixteenth century, the Promptuarium was filled with examples of the harsh retribution God meted out to those who violated his commandments. The popularity of the collection demonstrates that the legalistic, vengeful image of God cultivated by later Lutheran reformers continued to resonate with many evangelical readers in the early-modern period. At the same time, new kinds of texts were beginning to appear in German evangelical circles around 1600 that reveal the emergence of a more benevolent, merciful vision of God’s supernatural intervention in the world.

Keywords: Andreas Hohndorff; natural signs and wonders; lutheranism

Chapter.  12268 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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