Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings, a single-volume introduction to Luther's most influential, noted, and important writings in the modern translations—including excerpts of his sermons and letters—presents Luther the theologian "steeped in the word of God, speaking to the whole church," even as it takes the reader straight to Luther the man, to his controversial Reformation insights, to his strongest convictions about God and Scripture and the life of the church, and most importantly to his theology—a still-exciting encounter with the meaning of Jesus Christ for each age.
The third edition includes revised introductions, updated bibliography, index, and the addition of "A Meditation on Christ's Passion" (1519), "Treatise on the Blessed Sacrament" (1519), "Sermon on the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ—Against the Fanatics" (1526), "Sermon in Castle Pleissenburg" (1539), and "Consolation to Women Whose Pregnancies Have Not Gone Well" (1542), as well as new translations of "A Practical Way to Pray" (1535) and "On the Freedom of a Christian" (1520).
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Provides a chronology of Luther's life and the writings in this volume
Includes an extensive introduction, glossary, bibliography, and index
Part 1: Luther on Theology
Disputation against Scholastic Theology (1517)—LW 31:9–16
The Ninety-Five Theses (1517)—LW 31:25–33
Heidelberg Disputation (1518)—LW 31:39–58
Confession concerning Christ's Supper—Part III (1528)—LW 37:360–72
A Practical Way to Pray (1535)—LW 43:191–209
Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of Luther's German Writings (1539)—LW 34:283–88
Sermon in Castle Pleissenburg, Leipzig (1539)—LW 51:301–11
Part 2: Luther on Scripture
"Concerning the Letter and the Spirit" (1521)—LW 39:175–203
A Brief Instruction on What to Look for and Expect in the Gospels (1521)—LW 35:117–24
Preface to the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans (1522, revised 1546)—LW 35:365–80
Lectures on Galatians (1535)—LW 26:3–11
Preface to the New Testament (1522, revised 1546)—LW 35:357–62
Preface to the Old Testament (1523, revised 1545)—LW 35:235–51
How Christians Should Regard Moses (1525)—LW 35:161–74
Part 3: Luther on the Gospel
Two Kinds of Righteousness (1519)—LW 31:297–306
A Meditation on Christ's Passion (1519)—LW 42:6–14
A Sermon on the Three Kinds of Good Life for the Instruction of Consciences (1521)—LW 44:231–42
The Bondage of the Will—Introduction, Part VI, and Conclusion (1525)—LW 33:15–19, 246–95
Sermon on the Afternoon of Christmas Day (1530)—LW 51:211–18
Against the Antinomians (1539)—LW 47:99–118
Part 4: Luther on Sacraments
The Blessed Sacrament of the Holy and True Body and Blood of Christ (1519)—LW 35:48–73
The Babylonian Captivity of the Church—Part I (1520)—LW 36:11–57
The Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ—Against the Fanatics (1526)—LW 36:329–60
Concerning Rebaptism (1528)—LW 40:229–62
Confession Concerning Christ's Supper—From Part I (1528)—LW 37:206–35
The Marburg Articles (1529)
Consolation for Women Whose Pregnancies Have Not Gone Well (1542)—LW 43:247–49
Part 5: Luther on Reform
Eight Sermon at Wittenberg (1522)—LW 51:70–100
Concerning the Order of Public Worship (1523)—LW 53:11–14
An Order of Mass and Communion for the Church at Wittenberg (1523)—LW 53:19–40
The Small Catechism (1529)—BC: 338–56
The Smalcald Articles (1537)—BC: 288–318
On the Councils and the Church—Part III (1539)—LW 41:143–78
Part 6: Luther on Ethics
A Sermon on the Estate of Marriage (1519)—LW 44:7–14
A Sermon on Preparing to Die (1519)—LW 42:99–115
The Freedom of a Christian (1520)
Temporal Authority: To What Extent It Should Be Obeyed (1523)—LW 45:81–129
To the Councilmen of All Cities in Germany That They Establish and Maintain Christian Schools (1524)—LW 45:347–78
Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague (1527)—LW 43:119–38
Part 7: Luther the Man
Letter to George Spalatin (Wittenberg, January 14, 1520)—LW 48:143–47
Letter to Hans Luther (Wartburg, November 21, 1521)—LW 48:329–36
Letter to Wolfgang Capito (Wittenberg, July 9, 1537)—LW 50:171
A Sincere Admonition by Martin Luther to All Christians to Guard against Insurrection and Rebellion (1522)—LW 45:51
Luther's Table Talk (1542)—LW 54:428ff.
Preface to the Complete Edition of Luther's Latin Writings (1545)—LW 34:336–38
On the Jews and Their Lies (1543)—LW 47:137ff.
Luther's Will (Wittenberg, January 6, 1542)—LW 34:289–97
Praise for the First Edition
A superb selection of texts. . . . All Christians concerned with the ecumenical dialogue will find this edition an indispensable introduction to Luther's theology.
—Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Charles Chauncey Stillman Professor of Roman Catholic Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Well designed to initiate readers into the world of Luther's thought . . . college students, seminarians, pastors, and students of theology in general will get a taste of the real Luther.
—Eric Gritsch, Professor Emeritus of Church History, Gettysburg Seminary
Title: Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings
Author: Martin Luther
Editors: Timothy F. Lull and William R. Russell
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
Publication Date: 2012
About Martin Luther
Martin Luther stands as one of the most significant figures in Western history. His distinction as the father of the Protestant Reformation is augmented by his innovative use of new technology (the printing press), his translation of the Christian Bible into the vernacular, and his impact upon European society. Born in 1483 to middle-class parents in Saxony, eastern Germany, he became an Augustinian monk, a priest, a professor of biblical literature, a reformer, a husband and father. He died in 1546 after having witnessed the birth of a renewal movement that would result in a profound shift in faith, politics, and society. He has been both praised and vilified for what he preached and wrote. His thought continues to influence all Christians and to animate the movement that bears his name.
About the Editors
Timothy F. Lull was President of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, and Professor of Systematic Theology there before his death in 2003.
William R. Russell is the translator of The Schmalkald Articles in The Book of Concord. He is the author of Praying for Reform: Luther, Prayer, and the Christian Life and Luther's Theological Testament.
Martin Luther (1483–1546), one of the most significant figures in Western history, was a key figure in the Protestant Reformation. Over the course of his life, Luther was a monk, a priest, a professor of biblical literature, a Reformer, a husband, and a father.
Luther is most noted for his Ninety-Five Theses (1517), in which he argued that indulgences were not acts of penance which could replace true repentance. His refusal to retract all his writings, demanded by Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521, resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the emperor.
Luther has been both praised and vilified for what he preached and wrote. Luther’s translation of the Christian Bible into the vernacular greatly influenced the church. His works continue to impact all Christians and animate the movement that bears his name. Luther’s Works (55 vols.) contains many of Luther’s writings, including commentaries, sermons, and lectures.