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Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments
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Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments


Fortress Press 2008


Samuel Torvend’s original and important reconstruction of the emergence of Luther’s and the early Reformation church’s response to the poor gathers fragments from across Luther’s early writings. He uncovers a striking counter-image to the usual portrait of a quietist orientation that left the world to deal with its own problems. Instead, he finds that Luther’s concern emerged early in his career, centered around hunger and the hungry poor, and was deeply rooted in his encounter with the Bible and with the sacramental character of the local church.

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Key Features

  • Preface by the author
  • Texts published early in Luther’s career
  • Bibliographical references and index

Praise for the Print Edition

As a result of Torvend’s research, we see what seems almost inarguably to have been there all along: the axiomatic alignment of justification with justice, the Eucharist with social ethics, the Word with works of love, and baptism with our bond to the human community.

—John Arthur Nunes, president and CEO, Lutheran World Relief

Product Details

  • Title: Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments
  • Author: Samuel Torvend
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 192

About Samuel Torvend

Samuel Torvend is an associate professor of European religious history at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. He has served as an adjunct professor of liturgical studies in the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University and St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN.

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