A Short Life of Martin Luther

A Short Life of Martin Luther


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Accessible yet authoritative biography of the colorful character who instigated the Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther, the Augustinian friar who set the Protestant Reformation in motion with his famous Ninety-Five Theses, was a man of extremes on many fronts. He was both hated and honored, both reviled as a heretic and lauded as a kind of second Christ. He was both a quiet, solitary reader and interpreter of the Bible and the first media-star of history, using the printing press to reach many of his contemporaries and become the most-read theologian of the sixteenth century.

Thomas Kaufmann's concise biography highlights the two conflicting "natures" of Martin Luther, depicting Luther's earthiness as well as his soaring theological contributions, his flaws as well as his greatness. Exploring the close correlation between Luther's Reformation theology and his historical context, A Short Life of Martin Luther serves as an ideal introduction to the life and thought of the most important figure in the Protestant Reformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802871534
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/06/2016
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Thomas Kaufmann is professor of theology at the University of Göttingen. He was named a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2020.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Timeline x

Map of Luther's Germany xii

Introduction 1

1 The Search for Martin Luther 9

2 Living in the Reformation of God 19

3 A Theological Life 54

Epilogue 110

Note on Citations 116

Abbreviations 117

Notes 118

95 Theses 127

Further Reading 137

Index 145

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