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Foyer Exhibitions

Luther in Love

In the administration building, located at August-Bebel-Str. 13, the result of a group of students’ creative examination of Martin Luther’s pamphlet Ursach und antwort, dass Jungfrauen Klöster göttlich verlassen mögen, published in 1523, is currently on display.

In this pamphlet Luther explained, on the occasion of the escape of some nuns from the Nimbschen convent, why convent life is only suitable for very few women and the abstinence associated with it even is opposes nature – only to end up marrying one of the apostate nuns himself: Katharina von Bora. The exhibition “Luther in Love” combines information on the cultural-historical context with the content of the provocative pamphlet and additionally drawing parallels to the present.

The Estate of Hermann Gunkel

The “Historical Collections” department of the University and State Library of Saxony-Anhalt, Halle (Saale), offers an insight into its rich holdings as part of a foyer exhibition: the estate of the influential theologian Hermann Gunkel (1862-1932), who was active in Halle for almost two decades, has recently been fully indexed and catalogued in the library. With the help of selected objects, the exhibition provides an overview of the materials, which range from letters and manuscripts to student essays.