Philipp Melanchthon: Band T 5: Texte 1110-1394 (1531–1533)

Edited by Walter Thüringer.
With the assistance of Christine Mundhenk.
552 p., 18,0 x 25,4 cm.
ISBN 978-3-7728-2022-9
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€ 298.–
eISBN 9783772833007
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300 letters from three years document the variety of Melanchthon’s activities and relationships. In the wake of longer absences in the previous years, he rededicated himself predominantly to his teaching duties and published works on rhetoric, dialectic, Aristotelian politics and mathematics. This volume contains the programmatic prefaces to these works. Moreover, Melanchthon had to publish the Augsburg Confession and its Apology. His tireless struggle to find a satisfactory formulation of the doctrine of justification finds echoes in the correspondence of the time. Shortly after the completion of the Apology, Melanchthon published the commentary on Romans (1532), which Melanchthon dedicated to the Archbishop Albert of Mainz. The university professor also continued to concern himself with political questions, chiefly in the form of official opinions. The newly created Smalcaldic League had developed interests in establishing relations with France and England. Remarkable opinions cover such matters as church property and ecclesiastical foundations, the calling of a general council, the treatment of Anabaptists, and the divorce of Henry VIII of England. After Zwingli’s death and thanks to Martin Bucer’s initiatives, progress was made in clarifying the question at the Lord’s Supper. This important volume has been enhanced (in comparison to the digests) with fourteen newly discovered documents. With regard to text-critical matters, this volume includes thirty-five letters to Joachim Camerarius published on the basis of the original manuscripts for the first time.


M. Arnold, Revue d'Histoire et de Philosophie Réligieuses

»[...] on saluera la poursuite de cette édition de haute tenue scientifique, qui met à notre disposition une des correspondences les plus volumineuses et les plus importantes de la Réformation.«

M. Arnold,
Revue d'Histoire et de Philosophie Réligieuses
Timothy J. Wengert, Sixteenth Century Journal

»[T]he editors of Melanchthons Briefwechsel (MBW) have attained something not accomplished in Melanchthon studies since the nineteenth century: a critical edition of Melanchthon’s letters after 1530. [...] The only danger that MBW now faces is the failure of scholars to employ fully this remarkable resource. No research library should be without this invaluable tool.«

Timothy J. Wengert,
Sixteenth Century Journal
Sachiko Kusukawa, Church History and Religious Culture

»This is a fundamental contribution of reformation scholarship. With exemplary care and precision, Melanchthon’s letters have now been made available for study and examination at the highest scholarly level. [...] It is hoped that the next generation of reformation and renaissance scholars will take the cue from such studies and will mine this gold-mine in a similar vein.«

Sachiko Kusukawa,
Church History and Religious Culture

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