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Reforming Mary: Changing Images of the Virgin Mary in Lutheran Sermons of the Sixteenth Century

Beth Kreitzer


This book explores how Mary is presented in the sermons of Lutheran pastors in the 16th century. It focuses on the treatment of Mary, the continuities and changes in theologies about her, and her presentation beginning with Martin Luther and continuing with clergy in the Lutheran tradition. It is shown that Lutheran preachers have transformed the traditional image of Mary — she no longer serves as the powerful Queen of Heaven, but is seen as a meek, pious, chaste and obedient girl. Because of the theological changes introduced by Luther and the Lutheran clergy, Mary could no longer be portraye ... More

Keywords: Lutheran sermons, Virgin Mary, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195166545
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/019516654X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beth Kreitzer, author
St. Vincent College
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