Presented for the first time in English, this landmark set features writings from Johannes Bugenhagen—Luther’s pastor, friend, and colleague in reform. Previously only available in their original, sixteenth-century editions, this collection finally makes the works of this great reformer accessible to modern English readers.
Referred to as the Second Apostle to the North, Johannes Bugenhagen (1485–1558) was pivotal in organizing the Lutheran movement in northern Germany and parts of Scandinavia. His writings and diverse reforming activity made a lasting impression on church administration, education, worship, theology, and the care of the poor.
Representing the fruit of many years of labor, Reformation scholar Kurt K. Hendel has organized this extensive collection thematically—introducing us to Bugenhagen the man, the theologian, the exegete, the pastor, the church organizer, and the social reformer.
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It took a team to make the Wittenberg Reformation work. Alongside Luther and Melanchthon, Johannes Bugenhagen provided instruction for Wittenberg students, commentaries for pastors across Germany, and organizational aid to cities and principalities. Hendel harvests his own lifetime of engagement with the ‘Pomeranian’ in a sprightly biographical sketch that presents the man in the various facets of his reforming activities. He adds translations of significant works—personal, pastoral, exegetical, doctrinal—and thus offers an introduction that will serve history buffs, university and seminary students, pastors, and historians. Helpful annotations guide readers into the historical setting effectively. A welcome addition to Reformation studies and texts!
—Robert Kolb, mission professor of systematic theology emeritus, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis
A longtime colleague of Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon, the Wittenberg pastor and professor Johannes Bugenhagen brought unique insights and gifts to the Lutheran Reformation. Through this readable translation of many primary sources, Kurt Hendel skillfully introduces much of Bugenhagen’s life, theology, and writings to the English-speaking public. Readers will enjoy getting to know this important reformer of the church in his own—still very resonant—voice.
—Martin Lohrmann, assistant professor of Lutheran confessions and heritage, Wartburg Theological Seminary
Professor Hendel’s thoughtfully crafted milestone volumes make Johannes Bugenhagen’s representative works finally available for the international reader in English: theological treatments on justification, faith, and sacraments, paired with exegetical explorations, are complemented with pastorally and politically focused publications, sermons, letters, and, of course, the groundbreaking Braunschweig Church Order that reveals ‘Dr. Pommer’s’ organizational genius. With his expertise and judicious selections, Hendel demonstrates Luther’s long-term friend’s multifaceted immersion in the sixteenth-century reforms and offers new important tracks for research.
—Kirsi I. Stjerna, professor of reformation church history, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
Johannes Bugenhagen (1485–1558) was a Protestant reformer instrumental in organizing Lutheran churches in northern Germany and parts of Scandinavia, earning him the title of the “Second Apostle to the North.” Martin Luther’s pastor at St. Mary’s Church in Wittenburg, Bugenhagen contributed to Luther’s efforts to translate the Bible from Latin to German. He also played a major role in reforming the Pomeranian University of Greifswald, modeling it after the University of Wittenberg.
Kurt K. Hendel is the Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). Before joining the LSTC faculty in 1983, Hendel taught at Concordia Seminary and Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis, Missouri. His teaching, research, and writing have focused on the Reformation, Martin Luther, and Johannes Bugenhagen.