Bishop Stephen Andrews will be leading a three day (October 6-8, 2015) seminar in at Villa Loyola, Sudbury on Martin Luther’s commentary on Genesis 1-11. The seminar is organized by the Alumni/ae Association of Wycliffe College but is open to anyone who’s interested: you do not need to be a graduate of the college to attend. Registrations are limited to 25 people so you are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible.
“Reading Genesis with Luther”
The Morning Star Seminar is a three day retreat for theological refreshment for Alumni/ae and friends of Wycliffe College. The three days offer study and fellowship centred on the reading of a scripture commentary. This year’s seminar will be led by The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews, Bishop of Algoma, Trustee and Alumnus of Wycliffe College, Class of ’84.
Bishop Andrews will lead participants through Martin Luther’s commentary on Genesis 111.
Luther was both an inheritor and practitioner of an Augustinian approach to reading the Bible, with a couple of important differences. The first is that he reinterpreted the spirit/letter dichotomy in terms of gospel and law. This perspective, arising as it did out of the context of his own inner convictions about justification, and what he regarded as abusive treatments of Scripture by the schoolmen, is foundational to our own individualistic and pietistic reading of the Bible.
Secondly, Luther took on humanist philological interests in an attempt to get behind the Latin translation of the Bible. His determination to get at the original meaning of the text led to an eclipse of allegorical readings of Scripture, and thus helped to lay the groundwork for grammatical-historical critical methodologies that still dominate contemporary biblical scholarship.
Participants are encouraged to purchase two volumes of Martin Luther’s commentary on Genesis from Concordia Publishing: Luther’s Works, Volume 1 (ISBN 9780570064015)
and Luther’s Works, Volume 2 (ISBN 9780570064022).
It is not required, but participants may also wish to purchase Reformation Commentary on Scripture: Volume 1, Genesis 111 (ISBN 9780830829514), as an additional resource.
For more information, refer to the link below: