Luther the Reformer

The Story of the Man and His Career, Second Edition

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James M. Kittelson, Hans H. Wiersma
  • Minneapolis, MN : 
    Augsburg Fortress
    , August
     316 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Inseo Song forthcoming.


For nearly thirty years, James M. Kittelson’s Luther the Reformer has been the standard biography of Martin Luther. Like Roland Bainton’s biography of the generation before, Kittelson’s volume is the one known by thousands of students, pastors, and interested readers as the biography that gave them the details of this dramatic man and his history.

The accolades were well deserved. Fair, insightful, and detailed without being overwhelming, Kittelson was able to negotiate a “middle way” between the many directions of historical research and present a more complete chronological picture of Luther than many had yet portrayed.

For this revised edition, Hans H. Wiersma has made an outstanding text even better. The research is updated, and the text is revised throughout, with images, bibliographies, and timelines to enhance the experience.

It’s a great volume, greatly improved.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

James M. Kittleson was Professor of church history and Director of the Lutheran Brotherhood Foundation Reformation Research Program at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He was author of several books, including Toward an Established Church: Strasbourg's Reformation from 1500 to the Dawn of the Seventeenth Century (2000), and he served as a senior editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation (1996).

Hans H. Wiersma is Associate Professor of religion at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a widely respected teacher and the coauthor and contributor to the popular Crazy Book (2009) and Crazy Talk (2008) volumes, both from Fortress Press.

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