Martin Luther and John Wesley on the Sermon on the Mount

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An examination of preachings on the Sermon on the Mount exposes profound variations of theology. Luther relates the Sermon to the issues of the Reformation in Germany and the dawn of the Modern era, while Wesley contextualizes the Sermon with Rationalism, Empiricism, and the beginnings of English Industrialism. The book therefore studies the impact of historical contexts on the biblical interpretation. In addition to personal theology, theological paradigms account for the two different interpretations of the ...

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Overview

An examination of preachings on the Sermon on the Mount exposes profound variations of theology. Luther relates the Sermon to the issues of the Reformation in Germany and the dawn of the Modern era, while Wesley contextualizes the Sermon with Rationalism, Empiricism, and the beginnings of English Industrialism. The book therefore studies the impact of historical contexts on the biblical interpretation. In addition to personal theology, theological paradigms account for the two different interpretations of the Sermon: Luther bases his interpretation on the forensic theology of the West, while Wesley depends more on the ideas promoted by the Greek fathers. A look at the Sermon also exposes the significance of the relationship between Luther's doctrines of righteousness by faith alone and the two kingdoms, as well as Wesley's interpretation of salvation as transformation.

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Editorial Reviews

Methodist Recorder
...relations between Lutheran and Methodist churches in the USA are enhanced by this comparison of these much-to-be admired theologians.
The Wesley Historical Society
...contains many excellent detailed expositions of Wesley's understanding of the Sermon that would be extremely useful to and usable by ministers and local preachers...an extremely welcome addition to the scholarly literature in the field.
Methodist Recorder
...relations between Lutheran and Methodist churches in the USA are enhanced by this comparison of these much-to-be admired theologians..
Booknews
Revising his 1989 doctoral dissertation for the University of Trondheim, Meistad (religion, Finnmark College, Norway) examines how the founders of the Lutheran and Methodist denominations interpreted the important biblical text. Himself a United Methodist minister, he points out profound variations of theology: Luther connecting the sermon to issues of the reformation in Germany, and Wesley setting it in the context of rationalism, empiricism and the beginning of industrialism in England. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810835672
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Pietist and Wesleyan Studies Series , #10
  • Edition number: 352
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 5.84 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Tore Meistad is Associate Professor of Religion and Head of the Department of Religion at Finnmark College in Norway.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Foreword
Foreword
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Martin Luther's Interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount 9
John Wesley's Interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount 81
The Theologies of Luther and Wesley Compared 243
Bibliography 325
Scriptural Index 343
Index of Names and Subjects 347
About the Author 357
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