Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Historical Theology

First Advisor

Robert Rosin

Scripture References in this Resource

Exodus 27:8; Revelation 21:2


Luther's ecclesiology provides fruitful ground for testing the validity of these hypotheses. The development of Luther's doctrine of the church continues to generate interest, especially in regard to the question of Luther's relationship to the medieval theologians. The earliest statements of Luther's doctrine of the church, those found in his first lectures on the Psalms, have been treated in this regard by Scott Hendrix. Hendrix has isolated specific themes found both in Luther and in medieval commentators on the Psalms for the purpose of comparison. The study presented here will approach Luther's statements on authority in the church, specifically the authority of the papacy and general councils, in much the same way. Since it has been suggested that Luther was influenced during his conflict with the pope by conciliarist theology, the fifteenth-century conciliarists provide an obvious point of comparison. Because both Theodor Kolde and Christa Tecklenburg Johns have examined Luther's position on conciliar authority in this light,' some justification must be presented for yet another study on this topic.

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