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date: 19 October 2019

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Luther’s reform efforts met success because of support from the team gathered in Wittenberg and beyond that carried out various aspects of reform. Luther’s Wittenberg colleagues, Philip Melanchthon, Johannes Bugenhagen, Justus Jonas, Caspar Cruciger, and Georg Major each played crucial roles in spreading Luther’s message and introducing his reforms. Book dedications, correspondence, common memoranda, etc. demonstrate this teamwork. Melanchthon’s support included diplomatic efforts, pioneering work in many academic fields, including biblical commentary and rhetoric and dialectic. Bugenhagen led institutionalization of reform in many lands and towns. Jonas translated his colleagues’ works. Cruciger edited Luther’s treatises; Major authored biblical commentaries. The entire Wittenberg circle led Luther’s Reformation.

Keywords: Philip Melanchthon, Johannes Bugenhagen, Justus Jonas, Caspar Cruciger, Georg Major

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