Date: Tue Mar 30 1999 - 02:35:07 EST
It is not a copy of the translation itself, but I remember a book
entitled "[Patriarch?] Jeremias II and the Lutheran Divines" (sorry; I
forget the author-- it's been a while) which might also provide some
interesting discussion from the standpoint of the Greeks. Jeremias II
was deposed for his acceptance of the Lutheran works.
Edgar Krentz wrote:
> >Roland H. Baiton, in his biography of Martin Luther (not King) on page
> >99 states that Philip Melanchthon made a Greek translation of the
> >Augsburg Confession in which he made theological adjustments which were
> >intended to placate the leaders of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
> >Have any of you seen this Greek Translation of Augsburg Confession?
> >Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
> Clayton, I don't know if you have gotten any response to your request
> above. Let me fill you in a bit.
> There is an extensive description of this translation of the Confessio
> Augustana in Ernst Benz, WITTENBERG UND BYZANZ: ZUR BEGEGNUNG UND
> AUSEINANDERSETZUNG DER REFORMATION UND DER OESTLICH-ORTHODOXEN KIRCHE.
> Marburg am Lahn: Elwert Graefe und Unzer Verlag, 1949: Chapter IV. "Die
> greichische Uebersetzung der Confessio Augustana aus dem Jahre 1559," (pp.
> 94-128) gives a good description of the history leading up to this
> Melanchthon's translation was published in Basel by the great printer
> Johannes Oporinus. The title page gave the title both in Greek and in
> Latin. The Latin reads: Confessio Fidei exhibita invictissimo Imperatori
> Carolo V. Caesari Augusto in Comitiis Augustae anno M. D. XXX, Graece
> reddita a Paulo Dolscio Plauensi. Basileae, 1558. Octavo.
> Copies of thisvery rare edition are in Tuebingen, Stuttgart, and
> Wittenberg. It was reprinted in the Acte et scripta Theologorum
> Wirtembergensium of the year 1584--which also includes 10 other related
> On p. 99 Ernst Benz writes [in my translation of his German] "The Greek
> text of the Augsburg Confession is no neat, simple, word for word
> translation of the Augustana, the refuses all additions; rather it is a
> reworking with very many changes and additions, that even in the main
> articles on justification and good works leaves scarcely a word of the
> original formulation alone, but precisely in these special articles present
> a regular change of meaning and interpretation."
> The translation reflects the changes Melanchthon made in the Augusburg
> Confession of 1530 [of which he was the author!] after that time,
> especially in 1531 and 1540. The Latin underlying the Greek translation
> is "eine selbststaendige und voelling neu und einziartige Bearbeiteung der
> aeltesten Variata von 1531."
> If you can get a copy of Ernst Benz's book and can read Germanb, you would
> find an extensive analysis of the changes in the article on
> justification--and a long argument that Melanchthon did the tranlation, and
> not Paul Dolscius, who did write the introduction!.
> I hope this gives you some of the information you were seeking.
> Edgar Krentz
> Professor of New Testament Emeritus
> Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
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