This work examines Martin Luther’s interpretation of the female characters in the stories of Genesis, drawing attention to his appropriation of premodern catholic interpretations of the biblical “saints.” In Luther’s hands, many of these women became heroic examples of the godly life newly adapted to the worldly asceticism of emerging Protestantism. Their everyday sanctity, exercised for the most part within the limits Luther believed God had imposed on their sex, displayed the kind of piety he thought should animate Christian women in their own households. Two chapters evaluate Luther’s interpretation of Eve, noting his understanding of the ideal relations between men and women. Five further chapters examine Sarah, Hagar, Rachel, the daughters and wife of Lot, and Potiphar’s wife.
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"Defender of the Most Holy Matriarchs": Martin Luther’s Interpretation of the Women of Genesis in the Enarrationes in Genesin, 1535-1545
By examining depictions of rape in pamphlets, plays, poems, and advice manuals, this book underscores the significance of sex and gender in the construction of Dutch identity during the period of the Revolt of the Netherlands and beyond.
Liv Helene Willumsen, University of Tromsø
Drawing on wide range of legal documents from the seventeenth-century, this book contains quantitative and qualitative analyses of witchcraft trials in Scotland and Finnmark, Norway. Attention is drawn towards the voices of the accused persons, the witnesses, and the law.
Wace's three hagiographical works, the Conception Nostre Dame and the Lives of St Margaret and St Nicholas, are brought together here for the first time in a volume containing the original texts, the first translations into English, notes and substantial introductions.
Emotions and Health, 1200-1700 examines theological and medical approaches to the ‘passions’ as alterations affecting both mind and body. It focuses on sorrow, fear and anger, on constructions of the melancholic subject, and on the effects of music on health.
This book offers the first systematic inventory of late medieval social imagery drawn from the entire surviving corpus of vernacular book production in the Middle Low German region prior to the Reformation.
This book analyzes William of Ockham's early theory of property rights alongside those of his fellow dissident Franciscans, paying careful attention to each friar's use of Roman and civil law, which provided the conceptual building blocks of the poverty controversy.
Edited by Sigrid Müller and Cornelia Schweiger
This volume deals with contrasting developments in the period between 1400-1550. It is one that is characterized by a search for greater personal liberty and more opportunities for creative expression, on the one hand, and a quest to secure stability by establishing binding norms, on the other.
Edited by Clare Copeland and Jan Machielsen
This volume explores individual responses to the problem of discernment of spirits, and the adjacent problem of true and false holiness in the period following the European Reformations.
Johannes Reuchlin’s Augenspiegel (1511) was a radical political publication aimed to preserve Jewish books from destruction and the consequent loss of irreplaceable knowledge. This first complete and extensively annotated translation provides an insight into the authorities’ attitude to Judaism ...
Brad C. Pardue
This book explores the important implications of printed vernacular appeals to a nascent public by the reformer William Tyndale, by religious conservatives such as Thomas More, and by Henry VIII’s regime in the volatile early years of the English Reformation.
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