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Die gestaltes van Philipp Melanchthon se Spreukekommentaar

James Alfred Loader
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 4 | a4642 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.4642 | © 2017 James Alfred Loader | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 May 2017 | Published: 10 November 2017

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James Alfred Loader, Faculty of Theology, University of Vienna, Austria and Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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This article argues the following thesis: The distinctive characteristics of Philipp Melanchthon’s Explicatio Proverbiorum Salomonis (1525 and following years) and the differences between the several editions or versions of it can only partly be explained by the origins of the book in Melanchthon’s teaching activities during the ferment at German universities in the course of the sixteenth century Reformation. Both the peculiarities of the commentary itself and the way several differing versions of it were tolerated alongside one another only become explicable when a theological consideration is brought into the equation. On the one hand this resides in the view of Holy Scripture shared by Melanchthon and Martin Luther, and on the other hand in the humanist notion of context that Melanchthon’s exegetical work had in common with that of John Calvin.

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