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The Reformation of ProphecyEarly Modern Interpretations of the Prophet & Old Testament Prophecy$
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G. Sujin Pak

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190866921

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190866921.001.0001

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The Prophet, Prophecy, and the Pastoral Office in the Next Generation

The Prophet, Prophecy, and the Pastoral Office in the Next Generation

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(p.178) 5 The Prophet, Prophecy, and the Pastoral Office in the Next Generation
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The Reformation of Prophecy
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G. Sujin Pak

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190866921.003.0006

The next generation of Lutheran, Swiss Reformed, and Calvinist leaders emphasized the prophet as an interpreter of Scripture and true worship as that which adheres to God’s Word alone. They further employed the prophet and biblical prophecy to illuminate key pastoral duties, strengthen Protestant clerical authority, and frame clerical authority firmly within the authority of Scripture. The text of I Corinthians 14:3 continued to demarcate the primary tasks of the Protestant pastor—tasks they increasingly identified within the teaching office. The next generation, however, added an emphasis on the right disposition of the godly pastor, even as they more squarely placed authority in his hands. They looked to biblical models of prophecy to provide a process for discerning right doctrine and biblical interpretation that both affirmed the priesthood of all believers and located public authority in the hands of established Protestant pastors. Explicit prophetic terminology nonetheless notably eclipsed.

Keywords:   prophet, prophecy, worship, clerical authority, Philip Melanchthon, Selnecker, Rudolf Gwalther, John Jacob Grynaeus, David Pareus, Lambert Daneau

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