Volume I of a two-volume translation of the major texts produced by Luther, from the Wittenberg disputation of 1517 to the Diet of Worms in 1521.
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Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 412pp
Published: November 2002
Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 408pp
Published: November 2002
A two-volume translation of the major texts produced by Luther in the critical years of the Reformation.
Volume I: The Basis of the Protestant Reformation
The four years from the Wittenberg disputation of 1517 to the Diet of Worms in 1521 provide one of the most dramatic stories in human history. In those years a young theological tutor emerged from obscurity to disrupt Western Christendom and to refashion a large part of it. They were years of prodigious activity for Luther himself, and there can be no true understanding of the Reformation apart from the writings, some long, some quite short, which came from his pen during those years.
Bertram Lee-Woolf has done great service to the study of Luther by translating the most significant of these writings. Introductions and explanatory notes make clear their historical context. The student will find them invaluable. Lee-Woolf's lively and virile translation makes the authentic Luther step out of the pages, and brings the reader close to great events which are still formative in the life of the Church and the world.
1. The Ninety-five Theses
2. A Short Exposition of the Decalogue, Apostles' Creed, and Lord's Prayer
3. An Appeal to the Ruling Class of German Nationality
as to the Amelioration of the State of Christendom
4. The Pagan Servitude of the Church: A First Enquiry
(De Captivitae Babylonica Ecclesiae Praeludium)
5. An Open Letter to Pope Leo X (1520)
6. The Freedom of a Christian
Appendix: Chronological Table of Luther's Writings and of Contemporary Events
Index of Scripture References and Allusions
Index of Personal Names
Index of Subjects
Martin Luther (1483–1546) was a German priest and theologian whose intellectual revolt against certain practices of the Church led to the Reformation. He is regarded as the primary founder of Protestant Christianity, and as one of the pivotal figures of Western civilisation.
Bertram Lee-Woolf was educated at the Universities of Edinburgh, Halle, Marburg and Berlin and at the United Independent College, Bradford. He was Lecturer and Professor at New College, London and Extension Lecturer at the University of London and Oxford.