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Parution : 07/2019
Editeur : Ferdinand Schöningh
ISBN : 978-3-6577-0150-6
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Lutheran Theology and Contract Law in Early Modern Germany (ca. 1520-1720)

Paolo Astorri

Présentation de l’éditeur

It is clear that the Lutheran Reformation greatly contributed to changes in theological and legal ideas – but what was the extent of its impact on the field of contract law? Legal historians have extensively studied the contract doctrines developed by Roman Catholic theologians and canonists; however, they have largely neglected Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Johann Aepinus, Martin Chemnitz, Friedrich Balduin and many other reformers. This book focuses on those neglected voices of the Reformation, exploring their role in the history of contract law. These men mapped out general principles to counter commercial fraud and dictated norms to regulate standard economic transactions. The most learned jurists, such as Matthias Coler, Peter Heige, Benedict Carpzov, and Samuel Stryk, among others, studied these theological teachings and implemented them in legal tenets. Theologians and jurists thus cooperated in resolving contract law problems, especially those concerning interest and usury.

Editorial Board: Herman J. Selderhuis, Wim Deckock, Igor Kakolewski, Heiner Lück and Tarald Rasmussen




Christian Spirituality and Law: Developments and Sources 

Care for the Souls before the Reformation and in the Early Modern Roman Catholic World 

The Engagement of the Lutheran Theologians with Contract Law: Principles and Literature 

A Biblical Framework for Contract Law: Basic Elements 

The Conceptualization of Agreements 

The Seventh Commandment: The Lawfulness and Right Use of Contracts 

The Eighth Commandment: Contractual Fidelity 

Selected Issues from Particular Types of Contract 

Sale, Lease and Restitution

Lending and the Interest Prohibition 

From Lutheran Theology to Legal Practice 

The Dispute of Regensburg (1587) 

The Contribution of the Jurists 

General Summary 

Concluding Remarks

Law and Religion in the Early Modern Period , Vol. 1 , 585 pages.  119,63 €

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