In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther describes what should be expected of a “doctor of Scripture”:
“46. A doctor of the Scriptures should have complete knowledge and mastery of them, how they are related to each other–the Prophets, for example. Not just a certain part, as one could know Isaiah, not just one portion of the Laws or the Gospel. But now doctors spring from the weeds who do not have a correct understanding of just one passage. Jurists can humble their students, when they boast about their competence. For they have moot court and are able to practice. We, however, because we have no opportunity for exercises, cannot properly hone our students. As a result, it is experience alone that develops the theologian.” (pp. 207-8)
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