Luther at Leipzig 

Martin Luther, the Leipzig Debate, and the Sixteenth-Century Reformations


On the five-hundredth anniversary of the 1519 debate between Martin Luther and John Eck at Leipzig, Luther at Leipzig offers an extensive treatment of this pivotal Reformation event in its historical and theological context. The Leipzig Debate not only revealed growing differences between Luther and his opponents, but also resulted in further splintering among the Reformation parties, which continues to the present day. The essays in this volume provide an essential background to the complex theological, political, ecclesiastical, and intellectual issues precipitating the debate. They also sketch out the relevance of the Leipzig Debate for the course of the Reformation, the interpretation and development of Luther, and the ongoing divisions between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism.

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Mickey L. Mattox, Ph.D. (1997), Duke University, is Professor of Historical Theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has published Defender of the Most Holy Matriarchs: Martin Luther’s Interpretation of the Women of Genesis in the Enarrationes in Genesin, 1535–1545 (Brill, 2003).
Richard J., Serina Jr., Ph.D. (2014), Concordia Seminary, teaches religion at Concordia College New York. He is the author of Nicholas of Cusa’s Brixen Sermons and Late Medieval Church Reform (Brill, 2016).
Jonathan Mumme, Dr. theol. (2013), University of Tübingen, is Associate Professor of Theology at Concordia University Wisconsin. He has written Die Präsenz Christi im Amt: Am Beispiel ausgewählter Predigten Martin Luthers, 1535–1546 (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015).
“This volume demonstrates that Leipzig paved the way for many of the ecclesiastical debates that would rage throughout the sixteenth century.”
David C. Quackenbos, Duke Divinity School. In: Church History, Vol. 89, No. 3 (September 2020), pp. 684–685.

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Timeline: the Leipzig Debate
Editors’ Introduction

part 1: Leipzig, 1519: the Leipzig Debate in Its Historical Context

1 The Leipzig Debate: a Reformation Turning Point
Volker Leppin and Mickey L. Mattox

2 Defending Wittenberg: Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt and the Pre-History of the Leipzig Debate
Alyssa Lehr Evans

3 Wittenberg’s Disputation Culture and the Leipzig Debate between Luther and Eck
Henning Bühmann

4 The Papacy’s Aversion to Councils in the Time of Leo X: Leipzig in the Context of Conciliarism
Thomas M. Izbicki

5 The Leipzig Disputation: Masters of the Sacred Page and the Authority of Scripture
Ian Christopher Levy

6 Frigidissima Decreta: Canon Law, Ecclesiology, and Luther’s Proposition 13
Richard J. Serina, Jr.

part 2: After Leipzig: the Implications of the Leipzig Debate

7 Philip Melanchthon and the Earliest Report on the Leipzig Debates
Timothy J. Wengert

8 Papalism at Stake in the Leipzig Debate
Bernward Schmidt

9 A Genealogy of Dissent: Luther, Hus, and Leipzig
Phillip Haberkern

10 Councils after Leipzig: Luther’s Interpretation of Nicaea from the Leipzig Disputation to On the Councils and the Church (1539)
Paul Robinson

11 Luther’s Later Ecclesiology and the Leipzig Debate
Jonathan Mumme

12 The Catholic Reception of the Leipzig Disputation
Michael Root

Appendix: The Disputation between John Eck and Martin Luther (1519)
  A Select Translation
Carl D. Roth and Richard J. Serina, Jr.

Scholars and students of theology, church history, or European history interested in Martin Luther, late medieval and Reformation theology, and the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. Keywords: Martin Luther, Reformation, Leipzig debate, John Eck, ecclesiology, ecumenical theology, authority, councils, papacy, Protestantism, Catholicism, disputation, Jan Hus.