Daily Archives: 16 Feb 2018

More Melanchthon

I’m a big fan of this portrayal of Luther and Melanchthon and others working on the translation of the Bible (Melanchthon has the little ‘b’ above his head- on our right facing us)


Darstellung der Bibelübersetzung (von Johann Martin Bernigeroth) mit Luther und Rörer aus einer Bibel, die 1741 in Züllichau erschien.


Erste Seite des Bandes der Mitschriften der Vorlesung Philipp Melanchthons über den Römerbrief (1548-1550), ThULB Jena, Ms. Bos. q. 24 h


Doppelseite aus Rörers Mitschrift der Römerbriefvorlesung Melanchthons von 1548-1550 (ThULB Jena , Ms. Bos. q. 24 h)

Still More From our Saxon Friends on Melanchthon…

And a portrait of him I had never seen before:

Heute vor 520 Jahren, am 16. Februar 1497, wurde Philipp Melanchthon geboren.  Humanist, Reformator, Praeceptor Germaniae („Lehrer Deutschlands“), Außenminister der Reformation, Vater der Ökumene – mit all diesen Titeln wurde Melanchthon im Laufe der Zeit bedacht.   Er wirkte wie Martin Luther als Professor an der Wittenberger Universität und wurde dessen wichtigster Wegbegleiter.   Melanchthonhaus WIttenberg – www.martinluther.de/de/besuch/museen/melanchthonhaus


Abb.: Reformatorengespräch, Adolf Schlabitz, nach 18999 (Detail Phlipp Melanchthon)

Heinrich Schmid: On Melanchthon

PHILIP MELANCHTHON, or MELANTHON (often incorrectly spelled Melancthon), born 1497; professor at Wittenberg, 1518 to his death, 1560. The foundation of Lutheran Systematic Theology was laid in his Loci Communes Rerum Theologicarum seu Hypotyposes Theologicæ (1521), which had its origin in a brief outline prepared for his own private use, and afterwards dictated to his students as an introduction to his lectures on the epistle to the Romans.

During the author’s life it passed through eighty editions, was greatly enlarged, and on certain points, as, for example, the Freedom of the Will, its doctrine was materially changed. For details, the English reader is referred to the article MELANCHTHON, prepared by the author of this sketch, in McClintock and Strong’s Cyclopædia, vol. vi.

The collection of Melanchthon’s works in the Corpus Reformatorum affords the student the best facility for the critical study of Melanchthon’s theology. It contains a reprint of each of the principal editions, as well as of several translations of the Loci.  — Heinrich Schmid

Melanchthon: On Revelation

“The Church acknowledges God as such an eternal and omnipotent Creator as he has revealed himself to be, and, although we cannot thoroughly understand these mysteries, yet in this life, God wishes this our knowledge and worship of him to be begun and to be distinguished from that which is false: and in his Word he has propounded, by infallible testimonies, a revelation, in which we, as the unborn infant in the maternal womb, drawing nutriment from the umbilical vessels, might sit enclosed and draw the knowledge of God and life from the Word of God, in order to worship him as he has made himself known.” – Philipp Melanchthon

Micah and the President’s ‘Evangelical’ Advisors

Yahweh says this against the prophets who lead my people astray: So long as they have something to eat they cry ‘Peace’. But on anyone who puts nothing into their mouths they declare war.  And so, for you, night will be without vision and for you the darkness without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, the daylight will go black above them. Then the seers will be covered with shame, the diviners with confusion; they will all put their hands over their mouths because there is no answer from God.  (Mic. 3:5-7)

More From The Saxons on Melanchthon


Philipp Melanchthon hat heute Geburtstag: Das “Griechlein”, wie Philipp Melanchthon auch von Martin Luther genannt wurde, war einer der engsten Freunde des Reformators. Freilich eine Freundschaft mit Widersprüchen. Melanchthon, der angebliche “Leisetreter”, stand allzu oft im Schatten Martin Luthers. Und doch hat Melanchthon Kirchengeschichte geschrieben. Die Sendung von Deutschlandradio Kultur ist einer außergewöhnlichen Männerfreundschaft auf der Spur.  #Melanchthon #OnThisDay

Happy Birthday Melanchthon

Our Saxon friends write

Aside from Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon is considered Germany’s most important Protestant reformer. Even as a child, he impressed others through his extraordinary aptitude for ancient languages. His mentor, Johannes Reuchlin, recognised this talent in 1509 by translating Philipp’s last name, ‘Schwarzerdt’ (literally ‘black earth’), into the Greek ‘Melanchthon’.

Over the years, he became one of Luther’s trusted collaborators in the cause of the Reformation. Together they composed countless Protestant treatises, developed educational and liturgical regulations, and worked on the translation of the Bible. Accordingly, Melanchthon also accompanied the Saxon electors to the decisive imperial diets (‘Reichstage’) in Speyer (1529) and in Augsburg (1530). He composed the most important Protestant confession, the Augsburg Confession, while in that city.

Bildnachweis: Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon, 1537, by Lucas Cranach the Elder. / Melanchthon’s House in Wittenberg / Melanchthon’s Room in Wittenberg

PM is my favorite Lutheran.

Barabbas or Jesus Barabbas?

The Tyndale-ers have an interesting text critical post over at their place you’ll want to read.

This is the first of a series of blog post on some of the textual variants found in the Passion narratives. We will discuss the rationale behind the text adopted in the Greek New Testament as Produced at Tyndale House in (1) Mt 26:16,17, (2) Mt 27:49, (3) Mk 14:30, 49, 72a, 72b, (4) Lk 22:31, (5) Lk 22:43-44, (6) Lk 23:34.


Tide Pods…

Teens have been eating tide pods for like a month and legislators in multiple states have already introduced bills designed to make it harder for teens to get tide pods. – Ashley Nicolle Black