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Loci Communes or Loci communes rerum theologicarum seu hypotyposes theologicae (Latin for Common Places in Theology or Fundamental Doctrinal Themes) was a work by the Lutheran theologian Philipp Melancthon published in 1521 (other, thoroughly rewritten editions in the life of the author: 1535, 1543, 1559). Martin Luther said of it that "Next to Holy Scripture, there is no better book," and its existence is a common reason given for why Luther never wrote a systematic theology of his own.

The book lays out Christian doctrine by discussing the "leading thoughts" from the Epistle to the Romans, and these thoughts were intended to guide the reader to a proper understanding of the Bible in general.

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