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Title: The development of Luther's hermeneutics in his commentaries on the psalms
Author: Tsai, Lee-Chen A.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3536 9420
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1989
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Abstract:
The purpose of this thesis is to examine the close relationship between Luther's exegesis and his theology. I analyse the development of Luther's hermeneutics in the light of his commentaries on the Psalms in three periods. Chapter one summarises the hermeneutical tradition out of which Luther developed. The key point is the significance of the tradition of interpretation for Luther's commentaries on the Psalms. Chapter two examines Luther's hermeneutics in the dictata, his first series of lectures on the Psalms. The main emphasis is placed on the emergence of Luther's new theology. Chapter three examines Luther's hermeneutics in the Operationes, his second series of lectures on the Psalms. Two points are made: the simplicity of Luther's exegetical method and the clarity of his doctrine of justification by faith. Chapter four examines Luther's hermeneutics in the third period, his commentaries on the Psalms in the 1530s. Special attention is given to Luther's theology of the Word. Chapter five is a comparative study which analyses the development of Luther's hermeneutics in three specific types of Psalms: 8, 18 and 68, from each of the three periods. I deal with the existential approach of Gerhard Ebeling and the historical-theological approach of James S. Preus. The first three chapters show that Ebeling's approach is more convincing than Preus's with reference to the emergence of Luther's Reformation theology. The fourth chapter shows that Ebeling misinterprets Luther's theology of the Word in his later periods. Ebeling grasps the kernel of Luther's hermeneutics - the proclamation of the Word of God and the participation of the interpreter. However, because of the philosophical presuppositions he ignores the christological understanding of the Word of God, a crucial point of Luther's theology.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.481104  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Philosophy Philosophy Religion
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