Annotated Chronology of Luther's
Martin Luther produced an immense literary output. Not only did he translate the entire Bible into Latin, but between 1516 and 1546, he averaged one or two treatises per month. The “official” German language edition of Luther's collected works fill sixty-seven hefty volumes.1 A significant portion of Luther's Works, those deemed important to the [Protestant] Christian church, have been translated into English and published under the general title of Luther's Works.2 The first thirty volumes consist of lectures on various books of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. There are an additional five volumes of letters and sermons, a volume of hymns and liturgy, and one of informal selections known as Luther's Table Talk. The latter is a collection of comments Luther made at meals, which were taken down by various individuals who shared meals with the Luthers. The individual wishing to catch a glimpse of Luther, the man, should spend time reading the Table Talk.
The remaining eighteen volumes contain what are referred to as Luther's Reformation writings and are grouped together under such subject headings as “Career of the Reformer,” “The Christian in Society,” etc. These more than one hundred publications of various length are listed below in the chronological order in which they were first published, together with a line or two describing their content. The
1 D. Martin, Luthers Werke, 67 vols. (Weimar: Hermann Bohlaus
2 Luther's Works, eds. Jaroslav Pelikan and Helmut T. Lehman, 55
vols. (St. Louis: Concordia House; Philadelphia: Fortress Press,