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Martin Luther The Preservation of the Church Vol 3 1532-1546 [Paperback]

By Martin Brecht & James L. Schaaf (Translator)
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Pages   552
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.18" Height: 1.35"
Weight:   1.87 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 20, 1999
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800628152  
EAN  9780800628154  

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The third volume of Brecht's magnificent biorgraphy describes the final fourteen years of Luther's life, beginning with the accession of Elector John Frederick in 1532. A work of immense and engaging scholarship, gracefully translated by the late James Schaaf, this volume offers comprehensive and original interpretations of Luther's private life, his congregation and the church in Saxony, his professorial lectures and theological controversies, Bible translation, Luther and the Council of Trent, and his later writings about the Jews and Turks.

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Exacting scholarship and balanced judgement of this biography will help ensure its place as the definitive work of its kind.

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A look at the post-reformation Luther  Feb 23, 2005
This is the third volume of a trilogy on the Life of Martin Luther. (The other volumes are: "Martin Luther: His Road to Reformation," and "Martin Luther: Shaping and Defining the Reformation.") This volume deals with Luther's life after the glory days of the 95 Theses, Diet of Worms, and gradual acceptance and establishment of the Reformation. Luther the Doctor of Theology is beset by health problems and grows old and cantankerous, having limited patience to respond to the errors of supporters and opponents alike. Enduring great physical illness and miseries, he longs for life to end. But he continues to guide Melancthon and other reformers as they develop the foundational documents of Lutheran theology. At the end of his life, he confidently affirms the gospel he has preached.

Many histories of Luther gloss over this period in his life. It was therefore interesting to see how the aged Luther continued to face ordinary problems of politics and church governance, and also ever-emerging errors in theology among those who accepted the reformation as well as its opponents. He continued to face his "Anfectungen" (feelings of despair and condemnation) and frequently needed to cling to Christ's mercy and be reminded of the Gospel. I found this comforting, to see that even such a giant of the faith was not immune to doubt all through his life.

This volume is shorter than the preceding two, and I feel that maybe the author rushed through it a little bit, as it does not seem as in-depth as his earlier volumes. However, I am glad that he pressed forward to complete the trilogy and allow us to see this part of Luther's life. This volume also includes interesting illustrations, including a drawing of Luther a year before his death, showing his physical decline, the house where Luther died, his gravestone, a cast of his hands, and a drawing of the dead Luther's face.
Well Done Conclusion to this Series on Luther  Oct 14, 2003
As Brecht so correctly titles this final volume of three on the life of Luther, this was the theme of his final sixteen years: the preservation of the church.

He was obsessed with the proclamation of the pure gospel. His final years were devoted to this cause, and Brecht preserves this history in his continued easy to read style, but very scholarly and historically accurate.

While all around him toil and turmoil reigned against this pure gospel and its valued proclamation, the Reformer remainded steadfast in spite of failing health. His disputes with those who wanted to reform too much as well as political problems and disputes even within those of the Lutheran persuasion all troubled him. At times his patience wore thin, and there were signs of anger and rudeness were exhibited. But, my God, what this endured and his steadfastness to the Gospel and God's means of salvation are phenomenal and to followed.

As much historical biography of Luther is of his early period, this treatment of his latter is valuable and a reliable one.


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