LEHRE UNO VVEHRE
MAGAZIN FUER Ev.-LuTH. HOMILETIK
THEOLOGICAL QUARTERLy-THEOLOGICAL MONTHLY
Vol. VII September, 1936 No.9
Widmung ......................................... 641
Skizze und Schriften Dr. Theodor Engelders ............ 642
Pastoralkonierenzen. L. Fuerbringer. • . • • • . . • • • • • • . • • . • • •• 644
New Revisions of Comparative Religion. Th. Graebner. • • • •• 653
Der "andere Martin" und seine hohe Bedeutung fuer uns
lutherische Theologen in Amerika. J. T. Mueller • • • • • • •• 661
Doctrinal Preaching. J. H. C. Fritz •.••••••..•••••.••••••• 671
The Pastor and Secular Literature. M. S. Sommer •••••••••• 677
"Private Interpretation," 2 Pet. 1, 20. w. Arndt •.•••••••••
Recent Archeological Light on Nahum. w. A. Maier •••••••
Die biblische Theologie im Studium des lutherischen Theo·
logen. P. E. Kretzmann ••••••••••.••••••••••.••.•••••
Frederick August Craemer. w. G. Polack .••.••.•••.••.••••
The Blast that Wrecked the Pope's Power. Theo. Hoyer ••••
How will Radio.Preaching Affect the Regular Pulpit of Our
Church 1 E. J. Friedrich .••••••••.••••••••••••••••••••
Eln Prediger muss nicht aUeln weid ... ,
also dass er die Schafe unterwelse, wie
oie rechte Christen sollen eein, sondem
auch daneben den Woelfen we",,,,, das.
81e die Schale nlcht angreilen nnd mit
falscber Lebre verfuehren nnd Irrtum ein·
tuehren. - LutMr.
P. 1st keln Ding, das die Leute mehr
bei der Kirche behaelt denn die gute
Predi!;t. - Apolotrie, Art. Ii.
It the trumpet give an uncertain sound,
who shall prepare himself to the battle?
1 Cor.~, 8.
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"Private Interpretation," 2 Pet. 1,20. 685
"Private Interpretation," 2 Pet. 1, 20.
"Besides, for the curbing of quarrelsome spirits, it [i. e., the Holy
Synod] has decreed that in matters of faith and morals belonging to
the edification which is produced by Ohristian doctrine nobody, I'ely-
ing on his own wisdom, should twist Holy Scripture to his own
understanding or contrary to that sense which the holy Mother
Ohurch has held and does hold, whose province it is to judge about
the true sense and interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, or again,
that nobody should dare to interpret Holy Scripture itself against
the unanimous consensus of the Fathers, even if interpretations of
this sort have never been published before. Those who act contrari-
wise are to be publicly mentioned by the officials and to be punished
with the penalties fixed by a judge."
Hardly any theologian has to be told that this statement is
found in the Decrees of the Council of Trent (Sess. IV, chap. 2).
What might appear disconcerting is that this strong blast against
an interpretation of Scripture-passages which differs from that of
the Ohurch and the Fathers apparently has Scripture authority to
rely upon. Is it not evident that St. Peter in the passage appearing'
at the head of this article opposes private interpretation of prophetic
utterances contained in the Scriptures 1 "What other meaning can
one find in the Authorized Version's rendering, "knowing this first,
that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation" 1
It is a question which Johann Gerhard in his famous Loci
Theologici courageously faces. Having quoted the statement in
Greek, ;cuoa l"tQo