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In his Preface to Galeatius Capella’s History (1538), and on the basis of the ancient Roman historian Marcus Terentius Varro’s statement, Luther thus declares: “The best way to teach is to add an example or illustration to the word, to aid understanding and retention. Otherwise, when a speech without examples is heard, no matter how appropriate and good it may be, it does not move the heart as much and is not as clear and easy to remember.”
Luther and the Stories of God, Robert Kolb