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Ego etiam sum doctor scripturae: an historical and contemporary reflection on Luther’s life and work as ‘doctor of holy scripture’

Pietsch, Stephen J (2014) Ego etiam sum doctor scripturae: an historical and contemporary reflection on Luther’s life and work as ‘doctor of holy scripture’. Lutheran Theological Journal, 48 (3). pp. 145-159. ISSN 0024-7553


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Luther has been styled as many things by scholars and historians: reformer, revolutionary, lunatic, pastor, professor – the list could go on. However, his most frequent self-identification was ‘Doctor’. He himself often called attention to this title and claimed it as his authority and call to preach and teach as he did. The role of ‘doctor’ in Luther’s time was a revival of the New Testament charismatic office of ‘teacher’, i.e. teacher of holy scripture, and that actually is reflected in name of Luther’s doctoral degree – ‘doctor scripturae’. At his doctoral graduation in 1512 he took vows to be just that, a teacher of scripture, who taught in full accord with the Bible and also defended the church against all strange and unbiblical teachings. Stephen Pietsch shows how this identity and vocation shaped Luther, his theology and writing profoundly throughout his career, especially at key moments. He also briefly reflects on how today’s ‘doctors of the church’ in the Lutheran tradition might receive and embody Luther’s legacy as teachers of scripture.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: doctor, church, academic, Luther, teacher, university, scripture, pope, Staupitz, Erfurt, Wittenberg
Fields of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Ms Rosslyn Darmody
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2015 00:13
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2016 04:01
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1772

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