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VON DEN SCHLÜSSELN (POWER OF THE KEYS) BY MARTIN LUTHER

Publication Date: 1530

Rare first edition with broad woodcut title border depicting putti and adults behind billars. The most detailed and most important work of Luther on the Power of the Keys ("Schlüsseln"); a power that Christ, according to Matthew 16:19, gave to St. Peter; understood as the power to admit or exclude from church membership (excommunicate), to set church policy and teachings (dogma), to render binding interpretations of Sacred Scripture, and to bind and loose sins. Luther and the Reformers pointed out that Jesus uses much the same language in John 20:23 and therefore conferred some or all the same powers on all the Apostles. On this basis Luther spoke of the "office of the Keys" as the power of church leaders to admit or exclude from church membership. Luther, depicts the abuses of the church, derived from the Power of the Keys to their own arbitrary laws, giving the afflicted and sinners the power of attorney, however, not the certainty of salvation. #0978

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