When I preach I sink myself deeply down....I have an eye for the multitude of young people, children and servants, of which there are more than two thousand. I preach to them.At the same time he was deeply concerned about the authority of Scripture and interpreting it in its' literal, ordinary, natural sense.' Woe betide anyone who complicated the process of interpretation. This week I also read his vituperative pamphlet against Jerome Emser who taught that Scripture had a literal sense and a spiritual sense - a secret often allegorical understanding. Emser followed ideas of Origen, Jerome, Dionysius and others. No, no, no! writes Luther. His pamphlet is titled: Answer to the Superchristian, Superspiritual and Superlearned Book of Goat Emser of Leipzig. You really get a feel of the reformer at full flow in his desire to exalt the authority of Scripture over tradition!.
Actually, later he himself was to see a deeper spiritual dimension to texts but he insisted that an meaning deeper than the ordinary must be signaled by Scripture itself.
So a little reading has connected me this week with this extraordinary figure of Reformation history and in spite of my post stroke state I have been able to celebrate.
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