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traditio Legis

Also ‘Dominus legem dat’. The early Christian iconographic motif of Christ, standing or enthroned, distributing his New Law in the form of a scroll (or rarely a codex) to the apostles ...


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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Religion
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...the one hand it interprets the law spiritually (“interpretatio legis”), that is, it makes evident the death-bringing character of the law and its character as pointing to grace. On the other hand the gospel proclaims to man's conscience, which has been plunged into despair under the law, the grace and mercy of God. This understanding of the distinction between law and gospel led Luther to the doctrine of the “duplex usus legis” (the twofold function of law). The “usus civilis,” or “usus primus legis,” serves to punish the evil deeds of men and to outwardly limit...