Contributions of commentaries on the minor prophets to the formation of distinctive lutheran and reformed confessional identities


Journal Article (Review)

The essay explores the question of the evidence of distinct Lutheran and Reformed confessional practices of exegesis particularly concerning interpretations of Old Testament prophecy. It begins by outlining differences in Martin Luther and John Calvin's practices of christological exegesis and vision of sacred history in their interpretations of the Minor Prophets. Next, it traces the evolution of these differences in a set of figures from the next generation of Lutheran and Reformed exegetes in order to discern whether consistent patterns emerge to indicate ways in which biblical interpretation shaped confessional identity. Through a survey of commentaries on the Minor Prophets by a set of next generation Lutherans (PhilipMelanchthon, AegidiusHunnius, Lucas Osiander, andNicolas Selnecker) and next generation Reformed (David Pareus, Lambert Daneau, Johannes Drusius, and Johannes Piscator) the author provides a picture of how biblical interpretation did indeed play a significant role in the formation and expression of confessional identity in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. © 2012 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pak, GS

Published Date

  • January 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 92 / 2-3

Start / End Page

  • 237 - 260

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1871-2428

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1871-241X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1163/18712428-09220003

Citation Source

  • Scopus