By Craig S. Farmer
This learn of Johannine exegesis within the 16th century covers approximately each vital commentator on John from the 1st 1/2 the century, and examines the medieval and patristic traditions on which they drew. yet whereas complete in its scope, this e-book facilities at the John remark of Wolfgang Musculus (1497- 1563), an influential chief of the Protestant Reformation within the towns of Augsburg and Bern. As a theologian and biblical student, he authored quite a few theological and exegetical works which remained renowned good into the 17th century. regardless of his impact, in spite of the fact that, Musculus has been nearly overlooked via sleek scholarship at the Reformation.
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However, Bucer suggests that marriage is an appropriate topic of discussion in the context of commentary on the wedding at Cana: "Marriage is a commonplace that is usually treated here.. "93 Since Musculus, like Bucer, makes no use of the allegorical possibilities of the marriage theme, all that remains for him is the tacit approval of marriage implied by the presence of Jesus at the wedding. However, Musculus magnifies this implication to such proportions that it completely dominates his reading of the story; nearly a third of his comments are devoted to the subject of marriage.
Throughout history, God has illuminated the minds of holy teachers devoted to the Scriptures, especially those who lived shortly after the apostolic age. In fact, Musculus thinks that the Fathers, by "their immense labors, vigils, and studies" (immensi illorum labores, vigiliae & studia), far surpass the efforts at biblical scholarship common in his own age. "32 Musculus not only recommends a general reading of patristic writings but also specifically names the Fathers he thinks deserve special attention.
In this "philosophy" there are three points of emphasis. First, although Mary was treated rather harshly by her son, she did not grieve or answer back but patiently received his "scolding" (obiurgatio),43 Other commentators also eagerly reassure their readers that Mary did not take offense at the words of Jesus. 47 Following the general course set by these commentators, Musculus highlights Mary's humble acceptance of the rebuke in order to make a moral application. Mary demonstrates the proper response of those who are reprimanded for sin.
The Gospel of John in the Sixteenth Century: The Johannine Exegesis of Wolfgang Musculus by Craig S. Farmer