Do you want to sing, shout and leap for joy in
the gospel of Jesus Christ? That’s how Martin Luther told readers of
his revised edition of the Bible in 1545 they ought to feel when they
sat down to read it: “It is good news, a great shout resounding through
all the world,” shared by prophets and apostles and all who seek within
its pages the consolation, strength and victory offered in it by God.
Luther was, in many ways, his own best example of this joy in the biblical text. His passion to communicate its saving message infused and enlivened the whole of his commentary, his preaching and his theological writing.
The whole of Luther’s stormy public career, in fact, can be directly connected to his deep study, analysis, proclamation and translation of the biblical text. Modern Lutherans share this legacy. Our tradition of Bible study and reading—from the humblest kitchen table to the most scholarly library—has been powerfully shaped by Luther’s conviction that it is in the text of the Bible that God’s saving message to humankind has been most faithfully, effectively and enduringly communicated.
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