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Human freedom, Christian righteousness : Philip Melanchthon's exegetical dispute with Erasmus of Rotterdam

Author: Timothy J Wengert
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Series: Oxford studies in historical theology.
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"This book argues the provocative thesis that Philip Melanchthon, so often pictured as hopelessly caught in the middle between Erasmus and Luther, and more "Erasmian" than Lutheran in his thought, was, at least in his theological methods and views, not Erasmian at all, but in fact sharply opposed to Erasmus. Author Timothy J. Wengert builds his case largely on the basis of Melanchthon's Scholia on the Epistle of  Read more...
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Wengert, Timothy J.
Human freedom, Christian righteousness.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
(DLC) 97010340
(OCoLC)36589159
Named Person: Philipp Melanchthon; Desiderius Erasmus; Desiderius Erasmus; Philipp Melanchthon
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy J Wengert
ISBN: 0585257205 9780585257204
OCLC Number: 45733301
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 239 pages).
Contents: I. Background to the dispute. Philip Melanchthon: alien to or ally of Erasmus? The current debate. The printing history of Philip Melanchthon's Lectures and First commentary on Colossians. Melanchthon's relation to Erasmus, 1519-1524 --
II. Ground rules for an exegetical debate. Text and tradition. The Biblical text. The sources. Ratio seu Methodus Melanchthonis. The Pauline grammar. Paulus Rhetor. Argumentum Magistri Pauli. Contextus Pauli: the locus communis --
III. The controversy over human freedom and Christian righteousness. Melanchthon's controversy with Erasmus as reflected in their correspondence, 1524-1528. Colossians against Erasmus on the freedom of the will. The Dissertatio on Col. 2:8: origins of an argument. The Scholia of 1527: undercutting Erasmus's position. The Scholia of 1528: broadening the attack. The translated Scholia of 1529: revealing the opponent. Melanchthon contra Erasmum. Luther neben Melanchthon.
Series Title: Oxford studies in historical theology.
Responsibility: Timothy J. Wengert.
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In the 1520s, a battle raged between Luther and Erasmus over the freedom of the will. This book demonstrates that Philip Melanchthon - hardly a silent observer in the fray - was actively involved,  Read more...

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