Luther in Front of the Text: The Genesis Commentary

James Arne Nestingen

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1994

Issue: Genesis (Vol. 14, No 2, Spring, 1994)

There is still reason to examine Luther’s work with Genesis. Beginning in 1535 and continuing until close to his death, Luther gave extended attention to the narrative. This commentary is extraordinarily helpful for preachers, showing how the narrative becomes effective both in the pulpit and in the larger life of the community of faith. Before examining the commentary’s gift, however, we need to address some preliminary questions: first, an historical problem with the original editing of Luther’s lectures; second, given the fanciful character of some of Luther’s reconstructions, his method of interpretation. After considering these matters, we will consider the narrative itself.

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