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Martin Luther
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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.

Luther’s Works (55 vols.)
by Theodore G. Tappert, Martin Luther, Helmut T. Lehmann, . . .
The 55-volume set of Luther's Works, a monumental translation project published jointly by Fortress Press and Concordia Publishing House in 1957, is singular in its value to church historians, Luther scholars, and Christians.
Luther’s Works Upgrade 2 (2 vols.)
by Martin Luther
In this second upgrade to the essential Luther’s Works collection, you’ll get the first two volumes of Martin Luther’s Church Postil, with sermons on the Epistle and Gospel texts from Advent through Christmastide and from New Year through Holy Week, freshly rendered in English. This edition presents the sermons from Luther’s mature, final edition of 1540 and 1544, and accounts for Luther’s often-extensive revisions to his own work—including significant variant readings from earlier editions translated in the footnotes.
Luther’s Works Upgrade 3 (2 vols.)
by Martin Luther
This upgrade collection includes the final volumes of Martin Luther’s Church Postil—a series of Luther’s collected sermons for the church year, and one of the great devotional books of the Reformation. Volume 77 (Church Postil III) presents Luther’s sermons on New Testament texts from Easter through Pentecost, providing commentary on the chief texts for the seasons of Epiphany, Ascension, and Pentecost.
John Calvin and Martin Luther Sermon Collection (5 vols.)
by Martin Luther, John Calvin
Experience the life’s passion of the Reformation’s greatest theologians. This selection of sermons by Calvin and Luther demonstrates that these widely-regarded theologians and Reformers were preachers at heart.
Luther’s Works, vol. 69: Sermons on the Gospel of John 17-20
by Martin Luther, Christopher Boyd Brown, Benjamin T. G. Mayes
Volumes 22–24 of Luther’s Works did not give us all of Luther’s preaching on the Gospel of John. Now, in the new volume 69, we have Luther’s exposition of Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17, as well as his preached meditations on the entire passion and resurrection of our Lord according to John. In LW 69, Luther is an expert guide through the mysteries of Lent and Easter. Dr. Christopher Boyd Brown’s introductions and footnotes in many ways surpass the scholarly apparatus of the old series. Brown sets Luther's commentary in the context of patristic, medieval, and contemporary Reformation commentaries on John in order to show what was most important to Luther as he preached on Christ's passion. The last part of the new volume is truly unique. For the first time, we have collected and translated all of Luther’s sermons on John 20:19—31, where Jesus breathes on His disciples, gives them the Holy Spirit, and bestows on them His authority to forgive and retain sins. This...
Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader: Volume 2, From 1500
by William Edgar, K. Scott Oliphint, Martin Luther, . . .
Volume 2 of Christian Apologetics Past and Present takes a sweeping look at apologetics from the Reformation to the present. Readings from 26 apologists are included. With editorial commentary and questions for reflection, this is a valuable text for both students and people interested in defending their faith.
Martin Luther Devotional Collection (2 vols.)
by Martin Luther, Sander, John, Steinhaeuser, Albert T. W.
Delve into Martin Luther’s writings and get to know his teachings better with the Martin Luther Devotional Collection. This series includes excerpts from Luther’s writings that were used as Bible studies during the quarter-centenary of the Protestant Reformation. It also contains devotional selections for every day of the year, containing gems of Luther’s teachings that provide insight to believers.
Crossway Classic Commentaries Collection (26 vols.)
by Charles Spurgeon, J. C. Ryle, John Calvin, . . .
For hundreds of years, the church has been blessed with Bible commentaries written by some of the greatest and most influential thinkers in recent history, highly respected for their godly walk and their insight into spiritual truth. The Crossway Classic Commentary Collection, carefully adapted for maximum understanding and usefulness, presents the very best work on individual Bible books for today’s believers.
Luther’s Works Upgrade 4 (2 vols.)
by Martin Luther, Justus Jonas, Coelius, Michael, . . .
This upgrade to Luther's Works includes the one volume of Martin Luther’s sermons from the 1520 in the Wittenberg pulpit. During this period, Luther preached over one thousand sermons, which were essential for the reformation in Wittenberg. Despite being limited in his ability to travel after the Edict of Worms, Luther's sermons provided a valuable means for his message and voice to carry through the German speaking world. Volume 56, include in this upgrade collection, provides a selection of Luther’s sermons from this fruitful period of ministry. In addition is the companion volume that provides some of the earliest efforts at writing the biography of this leader of the Reformation. The biographies included in this volume include those written by colleagues and friends in the earliest period, making most of the accessible in English for the first time ever.
Studies on the Life and Influence of Philip Melanchthon (7 vols.)
by F. A. Cox, David J. Deane, Ledderhose, Charles Frederick, . . .
Close friend of Martin Luther, important co-laborer in the Reformation, and talented scholar sometimes called “the teacher of Germany,” Philip Melanchthon occupies an essential place within the history of Protestantism. Church historian Philip Schaff once noted that “without Luther the Reformation would never have taken hold of the common people; without Melanchthon it would never have succeeded among the scholars of Germany.”
Luther’s Small and Large Catechism with Select Commentary (6 vols.)
by Martin Luther, Pontoppidan, Erick, Sverdrup, H. U.
It is difficult to estimate the influence of Martin Luther upon Christian theology and the practices of the church. In this collection, you can study the theology that ignited the Reformation and led to the establishment of the Lutheran church, still prominent today with approximately 80 million adherents worldwide. Martin Luther’s small and large catechisms are included along with commentary, exposition, hymns, chants, and Bible verses for memorization. The commentary and exposition provides deeper insight into the Lutheran perspective of basic tenets of the evangelical faith. Some of Martin Luther’s most significant writings are included in this collection along with explanatory articles and supplemental material. Enrich your library with the writings of one of the major leaders of the Protestant Reformation.
Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount
by Martin Luther
Martin Luther was never shy about calling out what he believed to be the excesses, heresies, and depravity of his tempestuous era. In these sermons on Matthew 5–7, he interprets Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in light of the theological disputes of his day. Luther’s take on Jesus’ most famous sermon has become one of the most influential approaches in Christian history, emphasizing a strong dichotomy between the Gospel and the Law—a view heavily influenced by his sharp disagreements with the Catholic Church.
The Annotated Luther Series (6 vols.)
by Martin Luther, Cameron, Euan K., Timothy J. Wengert, . . .
In preparation for the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses in 1517—with which he ignited the Reformation—Fortress Press has assembled The Annotated Luther series. It features 75 of Luther’s most essential writings with refreshed translations in six volumes, including The Heidelberg Disputation, Freedom of the Christian, and many more. Top Luther scholars provide commentary on each work, noting historical context, theological background, and textual issues. Elegant and lucid illustrations, timelines, artwork, images, and photos enrich each volume. The series features the collaborative work of more than 40 scholars led by Hans Hillerbrand, Kirsi Stjerna, and Timothy Wengert. The Annotated Luther series facilitates easy access to Luther and is an excellent resource for anyone who studies the storied reformer. Whether you are a seasoned expert or just beginning to learn about Luther’s ideas, this series brings Luther’s ideas to life in fresh new ways.
Crossway Apologetics Collection (22 vols.)
Grow in confidence as you learn how to proclaim the truth in a postmodern society from experts in the field. In this age of skepticism, how do we defend our faith? How do we share the truth with people who don’t believe that truth exists? Christians from all eras of history have faced difficult questions and challenges to their faith.
The Annotated Luther, Volume 1: The Roots of Reform
by Martin Luther, Timothy J. Wengert
Volume 1 of The Annotated Luther series contains writings that defined the roots of reform set in motion by Martin Luther, beginning with the Ninety-Five Theses (1517) through The Freedom of a Christian (1520). Included are treatises, letters, and sermons written from 1517 to 1520, which set the framework for key themes in all of Luther’s later works. Also included are documents that reveal Luther’s earliest confrontations with Rome and his defense of views and perspectives that led to his excommunication by Leo X in 1520. These documents display a Luther grounded in late medieval theology and its peculiar issues, trained in the latest humanist methods of the Renaissance, and, most especially, showing sensitivity toward the pastoral consequences of theological positions and church practice.
The Annotated Luther, Volume 6: The Interpretation of Scripture
by Cameron, Euan K., Martin Luther
This volume features Martin Luther the exegete and Bible teacher. His vast exegetical writings and lectures on Scripture are introduced through important examples from both the Old and New Testaments. Included in the volume is his brief treatise “On Translating” and his prefaces to both the Old and New Testaments, to key sections of Scripture (Psalter, Prophets), and to select books such as Genesis, Isaiah, Daniel, Romans, and Galatians. The content is rounded out by examples from his lectures and sermons on specific texts, including such examples as Genesis 1:26–2:3; Psalms 51 and 118; Isaiah 53; John 1:14; Romans 3:20–27; and 1 Corinthians 15:16–23. Each volume in The Annotated Luther series contains new introductions, annotations, illustrations, and notes to help shed light on Luther’s context and interpret his writings for today. The translations of Luther’s writings include updates of Luther’s Works (American edition) or entirely new translations of Luther’s German or...
Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence (29 vols.)
by Brett Muhlhan, Herman Amberg Preus, J. Neal Anthony, . . .
The Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence (29 vols.) features a host of perspectives on the extraordinary life and works of Martin Luther. One of the most significant individuals in Western history and a key figure in the Protestant Reformation, Luther has been both praised and vilified for what he preached and wrote. This collection offers essential texts such as Gustaf Wingren’s classic, Luther on Vocation, and provides fresh insight on many aspects of Luther’s life and theology. Explore his doctrine of the church, notion of Christian liberty, views on worship, and beliefs about the Sacrament of Communion.
T&T Clark Lutheran Studies Collection (3 vols.)
by Desiderius Erasmus, Steven Paulson, David M. Whitford, . . .
What are the essentials of Lutheran theology? This collection examines this question from a number of different angles. Lutheran Theology examines the genesis and development of Lutheran theology, affirming and critiquing along the way. Luther: A Guide for the Perplexed presents insights into the mind of the first Lutheran, Martin Luther himself. There are two volumes on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German martyr whose life and thought has had great impact in and out of the Lutheran church. Finally, there is a unique volume that juxtaposes Luther’s understanding of free will with that of his sympathetic nemesis Desiderius Erasmus.
The Harvard Classics, vol. 36: Machiavelli, More, Luther
by Charles W. Eliot, Martin Luther, Thomas More, . . .
The Harvard Classics Journey through “Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf.” This massive collection, designed to provide the elements of a liberal education, was compiled by distinguished Harvard University president Charles Eliot in the early 1900s. Packed with the essential works of the Western classical tradition, the Harvard Classics collection remains one of the most comprehensive and well-researched anthologies of all time—a must-have library for students and lovers of the classics. Check out the complete The Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection. Keep reading with Harvard Classics, vol. 37: English Philosophers of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Contents The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli The Life of Sir Thomas More, by William Roper Utopia, by Sir Thomas More The Ninety-Five Theses and Address to the Christian Nobility & Concerning Christian Liberty, by Martin Luther Product Details Title: The Harvard Classics, vol. 36:...
Martin Luther on the Bondage of the Will to the Venerable Mister Erasmus of Rotterdam
by Martin Luther
Martin Luther’s classic treatise is a reply to Desiderius Erasmus’ work On the Freedom of the Will. Both wrote on the human will, but from different perspectives. Erasmus, the humanist and scholar of classical Greek, and Martin Luther, the reformer and theologian, differed greatly in their approaches. In this unique translation from the original Latin of a historically significant work, Edward T. Vaughan makes the words of Martin Luther accessible for English speakers. Gain a clearer perspective for this perennial topic of debate.
Martin Luther, the Bible, and the Jewish People: A Reader
by Martin Luther, Brooks Schramm, Kirsi I. Stjerna
The place and significance of Martin Luther in the long history of Christian anti-Jewish polemic has been and continues to be a contested issue. It is true that Luther’s anti-Jewish rhetoric intensified toward the end of his life, but reading Luther with a careful eye toward “the Jewish question,” it becomes clear that Luther’s theological presuppositions toward Judaism and the Jewish people are a central, core component of his thought throughout his career, not just at the end.
Luther: Selected Political Writings
by Martin Luther
In this text, political scientist J. M. Porter, presents revealing selections from nine of Luther’s important writings. Porter compiles excerpts from Luther’s writings which shaped the Reformation and continue to influence the course of events in our time. They illustrate Luther’s innovative ideas about the nature of temporal authority, political obligation and its limits, church-state relations, and political resistance. These selections reveal the complexity of the reformer’s thinking, its the...
Classics of Western Spirituality: Post-Reformation Christianity (44 vols.)
The Reformation was a definitive turning point in the church’s history, and it continues to influence both the church and modern society. The Post-Reformation Spirituality Collection comprises a diverse collection of writings—from both Protestant and Catholic perspectives—on spirituality, mysticism theology, worship, vocational ministry, and more. Additionally, the collection includes anthologies of poetry, hymns, sermons, and philosophical treatises. It includes works from famous authors such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Henry Newman, as well as writings from lesser-known authors, including Jeanne Guyon, Miguel de Molinos, and Elisabeth Leseur.
The Table Talk of Martin Luther
by Martin Luther, Chalmers, Alexander
The contents of this book were gathered by Luther’s friends and disciples, chiefly by Antony Lauterbach and John Aurifaber (Goldschmidt), who spent much time with the great Reformer towards the end of his life. They consist of notes of his discourses, his opinions, and his cursory observations. They record words spoken in the freedom of private friendship, during his walks, during the performance of his clerical duties, and at the table. This volume also includes Luther’s Catechism. In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.
The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude: Preached and Explained
by Martin Luther
This first English edition of Martin Luther’s lectures on the epistles of 1 and 2 Peter and Jude provides an exegetical examination of the Greek text with theological application. The translator, E. H. Gillett, notes that his translation of Luther is literal but clear and preserves “the clearness of [Luther’s] exposition” and the “stinging force of its rebukes.” Drawing on the Petrine epistles and Jude, the commentary elucidates the distinction between faith and works, while also allowing, state...
Luther’s Small Catechism: Explained in Questions and Answers
by Martin Luther
Luther’s Small Catechism: Explained in Questions and Answers expands upon the condensed presentation of the small catechism, developing the theology and concepts through additional questions and answers. Additional proof-texts were carefully selected for the catechumen’s reflection and memorization. The additional questions and answers were designed for diverse ages and stages of development among catechumens, making it useful and easily adaptable for teaching all ages. This resource is useful for personal devotional use, Bible study, or sermon preparation. In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most...
Luther’s Letters to Women
by Martin Luther, Zimmermann, Karl
This volume features Georgiana Malcolm’s careful translation of Karl Zimmerman’s collection of Luther’s correspondence with women. Featuring Luther’s letters to his wife Katherine and female acquaintances, this correspondence is a window into Luther’s character, as well as the fifteenth-century Europe.
Luther on Sin and the Flood: Commentary on Genesis
by Martin Luther
Volume two of Luther’s commentary on Genesis covers chapters four to nine. The subjects discussed include Abel’s murder; Cain’s punishment and descendants; Seth and his descendants; the world’s wickedness; Noah, the ark, and the flood; the Noahic covenant and its symbol of the rainbow; and the blessing of Shem and Japheth and cursing of Ham.
Luther’s Church Postil: Gospels: Epiphany, Lent and Easter Sermons
by Martin Luther
Many preachers during Luther’s era did not write their own sermons, so they depended on lessons and sermons from others. Luther considered many of these borrowed sermons not fully evangelical. Thus, he wrote his Postils to provide preachers with biblically sound sermons from which they could preach for each Sunday of the year. In this volume, Luther’s sermons cover Epiphany to Easter.
Explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism, Abridged Edition
by Pontoppidan, Erick, Sverdrup, H. U., Martin Luther
Originally published in 1737, the Explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism became a highly influential and widely read explanation of Luther’s small catechism. The work of Norwegian bishop and university chancellor, Erick Pontoppidan, this volume was used widely in Norway and in the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. Pontoppidan’s questions and answers expound upon the original catechism, bringing illumination to Luther’s original work. Deepen your understanding of Lutheran theology with this classic explanation of Luther’s small catechism. In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.
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