The Cambridge Companion to Martin Luther

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A student who doesn't want his work to go for nothing ought to read and reread some good author until the author becomes part, as it were, of his flesh and blood. Scattered readingconfuses more than it teaches. Many books, even good ones, have the same effect on the student. So he is like the man who dwells everywhere and therefore dwells nowhere. Just as in human society we don't enjoy the fellowship of every friend every day, but only of a few chosen ones, so we ought to do in our studies. 35

Repeated readingof Luther provides delights, disappointments, and deeper understanding.


Notes
1
See Timothy F. Lull, ed., Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1989), 20.
2
Heiko Oberman, Luther: Man Between God and the Devil (New York: Image Books, 1992).
3
Table Talk No. 4075 (September 29, 1538), in Luther's Works (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1967), 54:311.
4
Bernhard Lohse, Martin Luther: An Introduction to His Life and Work (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1986), 97.
5
Martin Luther, ”Table Talk for Winter of 1542–3, “in LW 54, 439–40.
6
See the highly useful resource Luther's Works on CD-ROM (Minneapolis and St. Louis: Fortress Press and Concordia PublishingHouse, 2002) which makes the 55-volume American Edition available in this format.
7
Jaroslav Pelikan, Luther the Expositor (St. Louis: Concordia, 1959).
8
Philip Melanchthon, ”Loci Communes“(1521), in Melanchthon and Bucer, Library of Christian Classics (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1969).
9
John Dillenberger, ed., Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings (Garden City: Doubleday, 1961).
10
See note 1 above.
11
Theodore Tappert, ed., Book of Concord (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1959) or now preferably Robert Kolb and Timothy Wengert, eds., Book of Concord (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000). Cf. the useful resource, The Bookof Concord on CD-ROM, ed. Robert Kolb and Timothy J. Wengert (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000).
12
See Lohse, Martin Luther, ch. 4.
13
Among the lives of Luther, the best current resource in English is the threevolume set by Martin Brecht: Martin Luther: His Road to Reformation (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1985), Martin Luther: Shaping and Defining the Reformation (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1990), and Martin Luther: The Preservation of the Church (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993). Among the studies especially significant are Oberman, Luther, and Bernhard Lohse, Martin Luther's Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1999). For background see Hans Hillerbrand, ed., Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation. 4 vols. (New York: Oxford, 1996) and Thomas Brady, Heiko Oberman, and James Tracy, eds., Handbook of European History 1400–1600. 2 vols. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995).

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents ix
  • Notes on Contributors xi
  • Preface xv
  • Chronology of Martin Luther xvii
  • Abbreviations xviii
  • Part I - Luther's Life and Context 1
  • 1 - Luther's Life 3
  • 2 - Luther's Wittenberg 20
  • Part II - Luther's Work 37
  • 3 - Luther's Writings 39
  • Notes 59
  • 4 - Luther as Bible Translator 62
  • 5 - Luther as an Interpreter of Holy Scripture 73
  • Notes 82
  • 6 - Luther's Theology 86
  • Notes 114
  • 7 - Luther's Moral Theology 120
  • 8 - Luther as Preacher of the Word of God 136
  • 9 - Luther's Spiritual Journey 149
  • 10 - Luther's Struggle with Social-Ethical Issues 165
  • Notes 175
  • 11 - Luther's Political Encounters 179
  • Notes 190
  • 12 - Luther's Polemical Controversies 192
  • Part III - After Luther 208
  • 13 - Luther's Function in an Age of Confessionalization 209
  • 14 - The Legacy of Martin Luther 227
  • Notes 238
  • 15 - Approaching Luther 240
  • Notes 252
  • Part IV - Luther Today 257
  • 16 - Luther and Modern Church History 259
  • 17 - Luther's Contemporary Theological Significance 272
  • Notes 286
  • 18 - Luther in the Worldwide Church Today 289
  • Select Bibliography 304
  • Index 313
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