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.
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 Contributors 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.