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      David as Example : Psalm Exegesis and Secular Authority in Early Modern Lutheranism

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      NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
      Amsterdam University Press

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          This article analyses the depiction of the biblical king David in M. Luther’s and early Lutheran political thought. Luther drew his images of David primarily from the exegesis of various psalms. For Luther, David’s faith made him the prime Biblical model of a monarch. Lutheran sermons shaped David into an example of good administration. They admonished Lutheran magistrates and princes to support the church and to keep the law, thereby legitimising and limiting secular government and princely rule. The example of David also provided means to criticise unlawful or despotic rule and thereby contributed to the early modern history of freedom.

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          NTT
          NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
          Amsterdam University Press
          2542-6583
          01 June 2018
          : 72
          : 2
          : 153-170
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          NTT2018.2.005.KONIG
          10.5117/NTT2018.2.005.KONIG
          02990af3-c846-4441-9729-3c53fe6ef445
          © 2018 Amsterdam University Press
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