By Johann Spangenberg
Confronting death--as God's judgment on sin and as God's doorway to everlasting life--and suffering as a "Christian Knight" opposed to the satan, the realm, and human wants: those issues gave Johann Spangenberg, an in depth pal and committed adherent of Martin Luther, the root for the most well known items of devotional literature within the early years of the German Reformation. during this pamphlet released within the early 1540s, readers come upon an device designed to domesticate the piety of the Wittenberg Reformation one of the universal humans, a piety that ready for dying (and therefore for day-by-day life!) via day-by-day repentance, casting away sin, casting oneself upon Jesus Christ and his demise and resurrection, after which sharing his love with the neighbor. utilizing a wealth of biblical illustrations and ideas, Spangenberg's short treatise teaches his readers easy methods to use Scripture and the way to reside enlivened by way of its message. contains the German textual content and English Translation of Ein new Trost Bu[e]chlin fur die Krancken vnd/Vom Christlichen Ritter via Johannes Spangenberg (1484-1550).
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3, 100-103. Robert Kolb 30 from this world of sin and death. The rhythm of law and gospel was to govern the practice of the faith. ” In fact, these questions did not utilize the image of the knight at all. They provided readers with a straightforward critique of selected practices on the basis of Spangenberg’s own examination of Bible passages used to defend them. Both Evangelicals and Roman Catholics put this kind of popular polemic (the art of controversial criticism) to use in attempting to win the allegiance of the common people and to reinforce the convictions of those already won to their side.
Der Tod achtet weder gewalt noch kunst / noch reichtumb. Du [A5r] seiest Gewaltig / Reich / Klug oder weise / so mustu doch sterben. Der Tod fragt nicht nach der Tyrannen wu[e]ten / Auch nicht nach der Reichen gu[e]ter. Fragt nicht nach der Juristen schweren / Auch nicht nach der Sophisten disputirn. Der Tod achtet nicht der Papisten drawen / Auch nicht den pracht der scho[e]nen Frawen. Er acht auch nicht das trauren der armen / vnd jn summa / er lesst sich keins Menschen erbarmen. Er felt so bald in des Keisers Pallast / Als jnn eines armen Hirten haus.
In sixteenth-century society children often encountered death and the necessity of bringing comfort to the dying. The festival of Saint Nicholas is December 6. Johann Spangenberg 44 [A3v] Wie sich ein Mensch bereiten sol zu einem seligen sterben / Eine Christliche vnterrichtung / jnn Fragstu[e]cke verfasset / durch M. Joannem Spangenberg. Wie mancherley ist das sterben? Zweierley. Eins ist ein zeitlichs / das ander ein ewigs / sterben. Was ist das zeitlich sterben? Nichts anders / denn wenn leib vnd seel von einander scheiden.