Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses: With Introduction, Commentary, and Study Guide

Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses: With Introduction, Commentary, and Study Guide

by Timothy J. Wengert

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By almost any reckoning, the Ninety-Five Theses ranks as the most important text of the Reformation, if not in substance at least in impact. As the anniversary of their posting on the church door in Wittenberg approaches, what better way to remember and recognize the occasion than to make this important text more easily understood by twenty-first-century readers?<P>Timothy J. Wengert, one of the best-know interpreters of Luther and Lutheranism active today, sets his newly translated Ninety-Five Theses in its historical context with a detailed introduction and illuminating study notes. To help the reader understand the context and the import of the Ninety-Five Theses more deeply, Wengert provides two more related and essential documents: Luther’s Letter to Archbishop Albrecht of Mainz (to which he appended a copy of the Theses) and Luther’s 1518 Sermon on Indulgences and Grace (written to inform the German-speaking public of his view of indulgences).<P>The book is simply constructed with introductions and notes for each of the writings, as well as a study guide with questions for individual or group reflection and conversation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506401942
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 102
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Timothy J. Wengert is emeritus professor of Church History at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. A parish pastor for seven years in Minnesota and Wisconsin with a doctorate from Duke University, he taught on Philadelphia's faculty from 1989-2013. He has written extensively on the Reformation, was co-editor of the English edition of The Book of Concord (Fortress, 2000) and translated LutherÂs Small Catechism, used throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In addition to books on Philip Melanchthon and Martin Luther, he co-authored with Susan Wood a book on Lutheran/Roman Catholic relations, Shared Spiritual Journey (Paulist, 2016) and currently serves on the U.S. Lutheran/Roman Catholic dialogue. He currently resides in Long Valley, NJ.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

Fruit for the Soul: Luther on the Lament Psalms xvii

1 Psalm 6: Consolation Hidden in its Opposite: Profoundly Terrified but Profoundly Comforted 1

2 Psalm 51: No Other Theme but This: Wrapped in the Bosom of God Who Is Grace 25

3 Psalm 77: Meditation on All God's Works: Reaping Justification by Faith as the Fruit 85

4 Psalm 90: Moses Being "Most Mosaic": A Minister of Law, Sin, and Death 157

5 ' Psalm 94: Praying against the Enemies: Negative Capability and Positive Agency 199

6 Psalm 118: Soaring above Distress: The Efficacy of God's Right Hand 229

Conclusion 299

Bibliography 311

Index of Names 333

Index of Subjects 337

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