Crowded House: A Short History of a Reformation Parsonage

Friday, 29 Aug 2014

"It was Luther's capacity to see the funny side of life that helped support the man in the face of the enormous challenges in reforming an apparently unreformable church."
This sounds like the setup to a joke, but the punch line is true: What do you get when you combine an outlaw Bible professor, a runaway nun, and a dilapidated Augustinian monastery? The first Reformation parsonage. The Black Cloister, known today as Luther Haus, was built in 1504 with the support of the elector as a monastery to house forty monks in the village of Wittenberg. In 1511, Martin Luther arrived there to serve on the faculty of the newly established university and remained until his death in 1546. As Luther's efforts at reform began to build, so ...

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