Luther’s Works Lectures on the Minor Prophets II

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16Luther’s Works: The American Edition, published by Concordia and Fortress Press between 1955 and 1986, comprises fifty-five volumes. These are a range representing approximately a third of Luther’s works inside Latin and German on the standard Weimar Edition, not including the German Bible. Among the minor prophets, Jonah and Habakkuk were obviously of special significance for Martin Luther. The special treatment accorded those two is matched only within the case of one other on the minor prophets— Zechariah (Vol.20). In addition to the usual Latin lectures, Luther added popular versions within the manner of your German commentary, carefully constructed expressly for printed publication. It is clear why Luther gave these prophets the opportunity speak to a wider audience: Jonah and Habakkuk have a very message like humankind. Of Jonah, Luther says, “[Jonah] teaches us to not despair with the fruit on the Gospel, however badly it looks devoid of fruit and prophet. … I am influenced to say that no apostle or prophet, even if it’s just Christ Himself, performed and accomplished that has a single sermon the truly amazing things Jonah did.” As for Habakkuk– unfortunately limited to the dark ever since the time from the apostles—Luther reveals which he actually holds a central put in place Paul’s theology using the passage: “The righteous shall live by his faith.” Luther here uncovers the jewels embedded inside traditions of the prophets, now within this volume for all those to witness.

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