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To be Lutheran is to be a bad exegete: reading the Bible in the light of the Lutheran Reformation

Haar, Stephen (2017) To be Lutheran is to be a bad exegete: reading the Bible in the light of the Lutheran Reformation. Australian Biblical Review, 65. pp. 78-91. ISSN 0045-0308

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Abstract

This paper gives insight to the Reformation principles that still inform Lutheran identity and the way Lutherans read and interpret the Bible today. It begins by locating Martin Luther in his sixteenth century context as a biblical scholar, detailing his approach to interpreting the Bible and his argument for a 'canon within the canon;' namely, that the Book of Romans provides a summary of the whole gospel: that we are justified by grace through faith alone without works of the law. It continues with reflections on the current state of New Testament studies, and responds to the charges of New Testament scholars--advocates of the New Perspective on Paul--that Luther got it wrong when he interpreted Paul's writings on justification. It concludes with remarks about the missing 'question mark' in the title of this paper: on the evidence presented, is there a case for its re-instatement or permanent removal?

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Lutheran, Bible, 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: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2018 02:15
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2018 02:15
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3236

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