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A Melanchthon 'find

Imagine being a leading scholar of a key figure in the Reformation. One day at your seminary you're browsing through a gift collection containing some of his works. Suddenly you gaze at an inscription in the person's handwriting--a rare find indeed. Timely, too, since this year marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of that reformer: Philip Melanchthon.

Timothy J. Wengert, professor of Reformation history at The Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia, felt that surprise earlier this year. He and seminary librarian David J. Wartluft discovered Responsio de controversiis Stancari Scripta a Philippo Melan. 1553 as they prepared for an anniversary exhibit.

Melanchthon authored three documents in The Book of Concord: The Augsburg Confession, the Apology and the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope.

Elsewhere, a new library and education center focusing on Melanchthon's life and work in Houston drew Reformation scholars from Germany and the United States for an anniversary celebration and grand opening this fall.

The center is modeled after The Melanchthon House in Bretten, Germany, where the reformer was born. A class on The Augsburg Confession was offered this fall, and the center hopes to bring in resident theologians for future classes.


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