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Worship Wars in Early Lutheranism Choir, Congregation and Three Centuries of Conflict$
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Joseph Herl

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195365849

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365849.001.0001

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Worship Wars in Early Lutheranism Choir, Congregation and Three Centuries of Conflict
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Joseph Herl

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365849.003.0010

Earlier scholars failed to note the long continuation of the choral liturgy in Lutheran churches because (1) when liturgical scholarship began among 19th-century Lutherans, scholars were familiar only with a congregational liturgy and assumed it had been that way since the start of the Reformation; (2) earlier scholars were mainly trying to reconstruct original liturgical forms, not asking how the forms were used; (3) the goal of 19th and early 20th-century scholars was usually to reconstitute early Lutheran liturgy and hymnody in the modern service, not to undertake scholarly investigation; and (4) most scholars consulted official liturgies, which transmit liturgical prescriptions, but not visitation records, which convey what actually took place in churches.

Keywords:   liturgical scholarship, liturgical forms, visitation records

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