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date: 16 October 2019

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Humanistic instruction came early to the University of Wittenberg, making tentative advances soon after the university’s founding. Though never truly a humanist, Luther quickly began using its tools and perspectives in developing his own scholarship. He knew ancient sources well and benefitted from Renaissance figures, including Valla and von Hutten. He promoted the ‘New Learning’ as a part of a faculty that increasingly offered humanist instruction. In association with Melanchthon and Spalatin, he encouraged Greek and Hebrew studies and furthered other humanist curricular reforms.

Keywords: humanism, Renaissance, rhetoric, Greek studies, Hebrew studies

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