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Born. Novemeber 10, 1483. Eisleben, Saxon Died. Febuary 18, 1546. Eiselben.
German priest, biblical scholar and linguist whose Ninety-five Theses, an attack
on various eclesiastical abuses, precipitated the Protestant Reformation.
Lutherm the son of a minor who wanted him to become a lawyer, attended
the University of Erfurt. In 1506he joined the monastic order of St. Augustine
and was ordained a priest in 1507. From 1508 to 1546 he taught at the new
University of Wittenberg, receiving a doctorate in theology in 1512. The degree
was important to Luher because of its implications of public responsibility, and
these were soon joned with the duties of a professor when he was apponted to the
chair of biblical theology. This was his lifelong calling, and the exposition of
the bible to his students was a task that called forth his best gifts and
energies. In between his lectures he began the Protestant Reformation.
Luther had entered on the search for evangelic perfection with zeal and
sought exactly to fulfil the rule of his order...