What kind of hermeneutic did Martin Luther apply to scripture? Why did Luther believe the presence of God was so important for a right interpretation of scripture? What is the relation between the cross and the canon for Luther? What does Luther mean by sola scriptura and what place does reason have in biblical interpretation? Has Neo-Orthodoxy properly understood Luther’s view of Christ and the Bible? What do we make of Luther’s infamous remarks about the book of James?
In this episode of the Credo Podcast, Matthew Barrett talks with Robert Kolb about Martin Luther, God’s presence, hermeneutics, and the Bible’s authority.
Robert Kolb (PhD, University of Wisconsin) is Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he served for 16 years. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books including, The Christian Faith: A Luther Exposition (Concordia Publishing House); The Genius of Luther’s Theology: A Wittenberg Way of Thinking for the Contemporary Church (Baker Academic), Luther and the Stories of God: Biblical Narratives as a Foundation for Christian Living (Baker Academic), Martin Luther: Confessor of the Faith (Oxford University Press), Studies of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century (de Gruyter), Teaching God’s Children His Teaching, a Guide to the Study of Luther’s Catechism (Concordia Seminary Press), Martin Luther as Prophet, Teacher and Hero (Baker Academic). Kolb is also co-editor of The Book of Concord (2000 translation). He has lectured at more than 40 educational institutions on five continents and at many ecclesiastical gatherings.