Annali di Storia dell’Esegesi vol:28 issue:1 pages:351-363
There is growing scholarly interest today in the role of patristics in the sixteenth century Biblical exegesis and, in particular, Martin Luther’s use of the Church Fathers in his interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. At the same time, however, only little analysis has been made of Luther’s work “Assertio omnium articulorum M. Lutheri per Bullam Leonis X. novissimam damnatorum” (1520/1), which marked a shift in his attitude towards the writings of the Church Fathers. This contribution addresses exactly this lacuna. It begins with some general observations concerning the broader context in which Luther wrote this work and his dual scholastic and humanistic heritage. The article offers then the analysis of the preface to the “Assertio”, focusing especially on Luther’s reasoning about the value of patristic interpretations of the Scripture.