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Human freedom, Christian righteousness : Philip Melanchthon's exegetical dispute with Erasmus of Rotterdam / Timothy J. Wengert.

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Subject: Bible. Colossians > Criticism, interpretation, etc. > History > 16th century.
Melanchthon, Philipp, 1497-1560.
Erasmus, Desiderius, -1536.
Liberty > Religious aspects > Christianity > History of doctrines > 16th century.
Free will and determinism > Religious aspects > Christianity > History of doctrines > 16th century.
Justification (Christian theology) > History of doctrines > 16th century.
Righteousness > History of doctrines > 16th century.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 0585257205
  • ISBN: 9780585257204
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 239 pages).
  • Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-226) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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.
Review: "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 Paul to the Colossians, employing the critically important but seldom used second edition of 1528, which was produced in the aftermath of Luther and Erasmus's famous debate over the freedom of the will. Wengert also draws on a wide range of other contemporary sources, many of them well known but, as he argues, frequently misunderstood. Throughout this analysis he subjects a wide range of the secondary literature to sharp critical review. The book deals with a number of important topics: the complicated and elusive relationships between humanism and the Reformation, Erasmus and Luther, Erasmus and Melanchthon, and Melanchthon and Luther; the theological issues of proper biblical interpretation, of free will, and of divine and human righteousness; and the hotly contested social problem of political order. Human Freedom, Christian Righteousness will be of interest not only to students and scholars of Reformation theology, but to a broader audience of those concerned with Renaissance and Reformation history and literature."--Jacket.
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