This volume contains theses that Martin Luther drafted (sometimes with the help of his colleague Philip Melanchthon) and the records of Luther’s prefatory orations and the arguments made by Luther and his students and colleagues in the university disputations over which he presided between 1537 and 1545.
These disputations offer Luther’s extended systematic exploration of the central doctrines of Christian theology, drawn from his mature reflection on the Bible, the medieval theological tradition, and the church fathers, in dialogue and debate with his contemporary opponents. They are an invaluable resource for students of Luther, historians of the Reformation, and contemporary theologians.
About the Series
Thoroughly researched and faithfully translated, the Luther’s Works series consists of Martin Luther’s Bible commentaries, sermons, prefaces, postils, disputations, and letters?translated and published in English for the first time.
“Among the greatest and most prolific theologians of Christian history, Martin Luther still speaks to us today. This 28-volume new series splendidly complements its 55-volume predecessor and offers a treasure-trove of writings never before available in English, writings crucial to understanding Luther’s life, thought, and profound influence throughout the centuries. Offering readable yet reliable translations, well introduced and appropriately annotated, this new series should delight scholars as well as engage laity and clergy.”
?Mark U. Edwards, Jr., Academic Dean, Harvard Divinity School
“Luther’s analysis of human life and his proclamation of God’s merciful deliverance of humankind from sin and evil through Christ ring true across the cultural boundaries of time and space. This supplement to the historic edition of the reformer’s writings, completed a quarter century ago, is bringing significant additions to the texts from his pen than are currently available in English. It will also provide English-language readers access to documents that aid in understanding Luther’s own life and the development of the Wittenberg Reformation. The volumes are being edited according to the highest academic standards and their introductions and notes offer readers helpful guides to the context and content of the reformer’s writings. Casual readers and those seeking to expand and deepen their knowledge of the Reformation will profit greatly from these carefully translated and edited volumes.”
?Robert Kolb, Missions Professor of Systematic Theology, and Director of the Institute for Mission Studies, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis
“Concordia Publishing House is providing a tremendous service to historians, theologians, pastors, and students by producing these new translations of Luther’s works. The editors have chosen key texts for illustrating Luther’s life and thought, from his earliest works to the biographies written soon after his death. The volumes devoted to Luther’s sermons, lectures, and disputations are especially welcome, because they will give English readers a more complete picture of Luther the preacher and professor.”
?Amy Nelson Burnett, Professor of History, University of Nebraska?Lincoln