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The Pentateuch  

Thomas B. Dozeman

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Please check back later for the full article. The ... More

Poetry, Prophecy, and Theological Revelation  

William Franke

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May 2016
In the history and prehistory of human societies, poets, prophets, and seers (the word vates can cover all three) have often been virtually indistinguishable from one another. From time ... More

Portrayals of Martin Luther in Print, Stage and Film  

Derek R. Nelson

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Mar 2017
So much is known about Martin Luther, and the stakes of telling his story have been perceived to be so high, that an astonishing variety of presentations of his life have been offered. ... More

Primitivism in America: Restorationism, Revitalization, and Renewal  

Matthew Bowman

Historians most often use the term primitivism to refer to the attempt to reconstruct a religious tradition’s original theology, structure, or beliefs. Primitivists believe that the ... More

Printing, Propaganda, and Public Opinion in the Age of Martin Luther  

David Bagchi

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Aug 2016
Luther had a notoriously ambivalent attitude towards what was still the new technology of the printing press. He could both praise it as God’s highest act of grace for the proclamation of ... More

Promise in Martin Luther’s Thought and Theology  

Gregory Walter

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Mar 2017
Martin Luther used the practice and notion of promise for theological and practical ends. As a theological notion, promise allowed Luther to work through important problems about God and ... More

Prophets in the Hebrew Bible  

Jack R. Lundbom

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May 2016
“Prophets” in the ancient world were individuals said to possess an intimate association with God or the gods, and conducted the business of transmitting messages between the divine and ... More

Race, Class, Religion, and American Citizenship  

Janine Giordano Drake

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Feb 2017
As a nation grounded in the appropriation of Native land and the destruction of Native peoples, Christianity has helped define what it means to be “American” from the start. Even though ... More

Reason and Philosophy in Martin Luther’s Thought  

Hans-Peter Grosshans

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Mar 2017
Throughout his academic life, Martin Luther was in constant discussion with philosophy. He was prepared for this with a substantial study of philosophy at the University of Erfurt, ... More

The Reformation and the Establishment of Lutheranism in the Holy Roman Empire  

Joachim Whaley

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Mar 2017
Martin Luther was a subject of the Elector of Saxony in the Holy Roman Empire. His emergence as a reformer was made possible by the sponsorship he received in Wittenberg. He owed his ... More

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