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date: 16 October 2019

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The images in Luther of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Lutheran circles were formed in the cauldron of controversy provoked by the Augsburg Interim and the Leipzig Proposal of 1548. Rival interpretations of elements of Luther’s thought gave rise to use of his words as authoritative interpretations of Scripture. This was reinforced by widespread perceptions of him as a prophet commissioned by God to restore the gospel to light. His authority gradually was transferred to confessional documents in the Book of Concord, seen as a faithful exposition of his thought.

Keywords: Luther’s image, Luther’s authority, Luther as prophet, Luther’s works

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