Luther Is My Homeboy: Bibliography

Luther is one of the most fascinating figures from history that I have ever read and studied. I love reading about him, reading him, and learning from him. So do many others and so there are a plethora of books written on Luther. Not all are equal, but I will recommend some here that are worth checking out. Happy reading, friends.

Althaus, Paul. The Theology of Martin Luther. USA: Fortress, 1966. An often cited and referenced systematic survey of Luther’s theology. Althaus was Professor of Theology at the University of Erlangen, West Germany and he is well versed in Luther’s thought and writings. The work appears often as a reference in the other resources on this list.

Bainton, Roland H. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. USA: New American Library. 1977. This is hands down the best book on Luther to date. It is not only considered a classic work, referenced by everyone, but it reads so smoothly. Bainton was a well respected Luther scholar and his work reflects the love of his subject. You will find no more engaging read on the life of Luther than this.

George, Timothy. Theology of the Reformers. Nashville: Broadman, 1988. This book is not solely about Luther. As the title suggests, it is about the theology of a number of different reformers. But George’s summary of the key features of Luther’s theology is almost unparalleled. I can think of no other concise and yet accurate prestentation of Luther’s theology than this. It’s a great introduction.

Luther, Martin. Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings. ed. by John Dillenger. USA: Anchor, 1958. This collection serves as a useful introduction to the various writings of Luther. His style is often witty and challenging and this collection does its best to retain that original prose in translation. There is far more to read in Luther than these, but it will give a gloss for many of the major works of Luther.

Luther, Martin. The Bondage of the Will. Trans. by J.I. Packer and O.R. Johnston. Grand Rapids: Revell, 1990. One of Luther’s greatest works, as attested to by J.I. Packer himself. The work shows off Luther’s greatest gifts in both exegesis and systematic theology, as well as his stinging wit. The book is at times dense and deep, at other times devotional, and often laugh out loud funny in its sarcasm. A testimony to the mind and character of a remarkable, if highly eccentric, man.

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