Date of Award
Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
Scripture References in this Resource
Ephesians 4:8-13; 1 Corinthians 10:9; 1 Timothy 3:15; Acts 13:35; Acts 2:25; Genesis 12:3; Genesis 22:18; Genesis 3:15; Hebrews 1:8-9; James 5:13; Luke 24:44; Psalm 109:9; Psalm 116:3; Psalm 18:5; Psalm 38:15-16, 21-22; Psalm 45:7-8; Psalm 52:1, 5; Psalm 68:19; Psalm 69:22
Luther has left only one work in which he commented on all 150 psalms. The Summarien fiber die Psalmen of 1531 accompanied his extensive revision of the Psalter published that year and reflects his thinking after fifteen years of lecturing on, writing about, and translating the psalms. Some portions of this work--both suggestions for interpretation and details of translation--are untenable, or at least unfollowed. Many of his applications are dated, or at least unfashionable. The challenge for the contemporary Luther-minded interpreter of the psalms is to develop summaries and applications of the psalms for our time, using the principles Luther laid down. My thesis is that Luther does provide a set of principles which can be utilized in a way which is both faithful to the text and usable today.
Cameron, Bruce, "Luther's Summaries of the Psalms (1531)--A Model for Contemporary Psalm Interpretation" (1991). Master of Sacred Theology Thesis. 481.
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