Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Theology (ThD)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Arthur Piepkorn

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 26:26; Ephesians 4:14; Hebrews 10:14; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 4:21, 24;


No one, however, has ever answered the question as to where this axiom originated, or what it means or how various Lutheran theologians have interpreted it. It is the purpose of this dissertation to try to determine where the axiom, "Nothing has the character of a Sacrament outside of the use instituted by Christ," originates and what it means to the major Lutheran theologians of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries-- from the time of the Reformation until the end of the era of Lutheran Orthodoxy, approximately at the end of the seventeenth century.

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