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‘Martin Luther’s “Mighty Fortress”

Loewe, Andreas and Firth, Katherine (2018) ‘Martin Luther’s “Mighty Fortress”. Lutheran Quarterly, 32 (2). pp. 125-145. ISSN 0024-7499


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This article emphasizes the hymn’s reception from the 1520s to the present day. It offers a close reading of the German lyrics in the context of the Reformation and of Luther’s other writings, which document that the hymn was intended for spiritual encourage- ment.A fresh translation into English is used here in the spirit of Luther’s work in his translations of the Bible into the vernacular. In this way we hope to contribute to the ongoing re-assessment of the hymn, to understand Ein Feste Burg as a spiritual and eternal refuge with God.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Luther, A Mighty Fortress, Psalm 46, Hymn, Ein feste Burg, Nationalism, Reformation
Fields of Research: 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 > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
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Depositing User: VeryRev Dr Andreas Loewe
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 00:15
Last Modified: 18 May 2018 00:15
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3109

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