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The story of Adam and Eve, ubiquitous in the art and literature of the period, played a central role in the religious controversies of sixteenth-century Europe. This is the first book to explore the variety and circulation of stories about Adam and Eve in German Lutheran areas and to analyze their place in the construction of Lutheran culture and identity. Kathleen M. Crowther examines Lutheran versions of the story of Adam and Eve in a variety of sources, including bibles, commentaries, devotional tracts, sermons, plays, poems, medical and natural history texts, and woodcut images. Her research identifies how Lutheran storytellers differentiated their unique versions of the story from those of their medieval predecessors and their Catholic and Calvinist contemporaries. She also explores the appeal of the story of Adam and Eve to Lutherans as a means to define, defend, and disseminate their distinctive views on human nature, original sin, salvation, marriage, family, gender relations, and social order.Read more
- Discusses Lutheran theology and processes of confessionalization in a way that is accessible to non-specialists and students
- Interdisciplinary - includes analysis of visual material as well as texts
- Analysis of wide range of genres - both religious and scientific sources
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'A well-written, thoughtful book. Recommended.' ChoiceSee more reviews
'Kathleen Crowther, rejecting the recent regional approach of Reformation scholarship based on archives, has mined these exegetical literary and artistic sources to reconstruct what she describes as a specifically Lutheran culture and identity …' Glyn Parry, Victoria University of Wellington
'Kathleen M. Crowther's study is to be warmly welcomed as an important contribution to Reformation studies and will doubtless inspire others to conduct similar research for other regions.' Salvador Ryan, Sixteenth Century Journal
'In this book, Kathleen Crowther analyzes the diverse ways in which the Genesis account of mankind’s Creation and Fall was interpreted by Lutheran authors and artists.' Bridget Heal, The Journal of Modern History
'Crowther presents some fascinating insights into the way in which theological ideas interacted with and shaped popular understandings of the human person and the natural world.' British Journal for the History of Science
'In her book, [Kathleen Crowther] provides an insightful portrait of both the theological novelties and the historical perceptions which grew out of the Lutherean Reformation. Awarded the Gerald Strauss prize by the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Reformation theologains and early modern historians will recognise the theme of this book, but the general populace will find the topic intriguing and genuinely enlightening as explored by Crowther in this extensive and well-illustrated investigation.' Timothy Maschke, Concordia Theological Journal
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- Date Published: October 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521192361
- length: 304 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 160 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.56kg
- contains: 15 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Adam and Eve in the Reformation
2. In His image and likeness
3. Framing Eve
4. Gender and generation
5. The book of nature
6. The children of Adam and Eve
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