Martin Luther in Context

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David M. Whitford
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , July
     510 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Review by Samuel Dubbelman forthcoming.


Martin Luther remains a popular, oft-quoted, referenced, lauded historical figure. He is often seen as the fulcrum upon which the medieval turned into the modern, the last great medieval or the first great modern; or, he is the Protestant hero, the virulent anti-Semite; the destroyer of Catholic decadence, or the betrayer of the peasant cause. An important but contested figure, he was all of these things. Understanding Luther's context helps us to comprehend how a single man could be so many seemingly contradictory things simultaneously. Martin Luther in Context explores the world around Luther in order to make the man and the Reformation movement more understandable. Written by an international team of leading scholars, it includes over forty short, accessible essays, all specially commissioned for this volume, which reconstruct the life and world of Martin Luther. The volume also contextualizes the scholarship and reception of Luther in the popular mind.

Contributors: Adam L. Wirrig, Sabine Hiebsch, Christopher Carlsmith, Tarald Rasmussen, Jonathan Mumme, Kenneth J. Woo, Beth Allison Barr, Gordon Jensen, Euan Cameron, Ronald K. Rittgers, Ralph Keen, David H. Price, Allyson F. Creasman, David Luebke, Christopher W. Close, Michael G. Baylor; W. Bradford Smith, Gregory J. Miller, Amy E. Leonard, Lawrence P. Buck, Stephen G. Burnett, Larry Silver, Timothy J. Orr, David M. Whitford, Michael Tavuzzi, Violet Soen, Martin Kessler, Michael J. Lohrmann, Rebecca A. Giselbrecht, Anna Vind, Kirsi Stjerna, Steven D. Paulson, Greta Grace Kroeker, Jarrett A. Carty, Volker Leppin, Hans Wiersma, Mickey L. Mattox, Timothy H. Maschke, Ingo Klitzsch, Arnoud Visser, Vincent Evener, Alyssa Lehr Evans, Brian C. Brewer, R. Ward Holder, Susan Wabuda, Matthias Pohlig, John A. Maxfield.

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

David M. Whitford is Professor of Reformation Studies at Baylor University, Texas. He is the author of A Reformation Life (2015), The Curse of Ham in the Early Modern Era: The Bible and the Justification for Slavery (2009), and Luther: A Guide for the Perplexed (2010). He is an editor of The Sixteenth Century Journal.

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