Paul Eber (1511–1569)
After Melanchthon’s death Paul Eber (1511-1569) advanced to become the dominating figure of Wittenberg theology and central advisor for numerous Lutheran towns and territories in the German Empire and other parts of Europe. In spite of this immense influence the marginal research so far dedicated to his life and work still views him merely as a figure in the shadows of Luther and Melanchthon. This volume sets out from Eber’s comprehensive written legacy in the Gotha Research Library to survey widely unexplored terrain. The essays sharpen the profile of this quiet shaper of the Reformation, shedding new light on his manifold role as university professor, pastor and advisor on church affairs, his scholarly and poetic oeuvre, his mediating position in the theological controversies of his time and his reception in word and images.