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Alien and the Proper: Luther's Two-Fold Righteousness in Controversy, Ministry, and Citizenship

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"This book probes the beating theological heart of Luther's evangelical theology." - Michael J. Chan, Ph.D., Concordia College

In his Galatians commentary of 1535, Martin Luther insists that "our theology" relies on the proper distinction of two kinds of righteousness: Alien and Proper. In relation to our Creator, we freely receive our "alien" righteousness from Christ who has obtained it for us through his death and resurrection. In relation to humanity and God's created order, we practice a "proper" righteousness by actively fulfilling God's commands that set down the form and pattern for good human living.

The Alien and the Proper "helps us to appropriate Luther's theology as our theology as well." - Mark Mattes, Lutheran Bible Institute Chair of Theology, Grand View University

Luther posited that this distinction was the key to understanding our humanity. His regular use of this anthropological principle, particularly when applied to justification by faith, the nature of sin, and the proper practice of God's gift of humanity, demonstrates its centrality and importance.

In The Alien and the Proper, five authors examine the historical development of Luther's Twofold Righteousness and propose ways in which it can continue to serve Christians today. Through these essays you will learn about Luther's radical divergence from medieval theological formulations, and you will discover what it means to be human.

Essays by:

  • David A. Lumpp
  • Charles P. Arand
  • William W. Schumacher
  • Joel Biermann
  • Timothy Saleska
  • Robert Kolb (editor)
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    9781956658170
    Publication Date: 
    2023-01-24
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    Bondage of the Will

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    This work is fundamental to an understanding of the Reformation's primary doctrines. In it, Luther gives extensive treatment to what he saw as the heart of the gospel.
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    9780801048937
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    2012-07-01
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    Cambridge Companion To Martin Luther

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    Cambridge Companion To Martin Luther
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    This Companion provides an accessible introduction to Martin Luther for students of theology and history and everyone interested in the life, work and thought of the first great Protestant reformer. Historians and theologians present a complete picture of Luther's major writing themes and the ways in which his ideas spread and continue to be important. The Companion is oriented to those with little or no background in Luther studies, as well as teachers and specialists.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780521016735
    Publication Date: 
    2003-08-04

    Defending Luther's Reformation

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    Over the course of history, many critics have attacked Martin Luther and brought many false claims against him. Defending Luther's Reformation directly addresses those controversial views of Luther, and equips readers to defend the existence of Lutheranism as a confession, dealing with both the successes and failures of the Lutheran Reformation.


    Defending Luther's Reformation will prove a valuable resource for Lutheran pastors, teachers, and students as well as those simply interested in history and the Reformation.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758650757
    Publication Date: 
    2017-10-01

    Ethics of Martin Luther - POD

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    This comprehensive, systematic survey of Luther's ethical thought and teaching clearly discusses all the major ethical issues that concerned Luther. Contemporary readers will be especially interested in what the Reformer has to say about the Christian's attitude toward secular society, toward the state, and toward war. The Ethics of Martin Luther offers scholars and nonspecialists alike a much-needed explanation of Luther's ideas.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780800617097
    Publication Date: 
    1997-04-11

    Fruit for the Soul: Luther on the Lament Psalms

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    Fruit for the Soul: Luther on the Lament Psalms
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    Given a life spent in scholarship and controversy, it is easy to forget how much energy Martin Luther devoted to helping the common person understand and take comfort from God's word. This commitment extended to even the most challenging of biblical texts, and nowhere is this more apparent than Luther's work on the lament Psalms. Difficult to understand, and perhaps even more difficult to implement in life and devotion, the lament Psalms played a key role in Luther's thought. More importantly, the lament Psalms were for Luther an essential part of the Christian's understanding of the life of faith.

    In this volume, Dennis Ngien helps contemporary readers engage Luther's commentary on the lament Psalms. What Luther intended for the education and encouragement of everyday Christians, Ngien unpacks and illuminates for life in the twenty-first century.

    Introduced and commended by Robert Kolb, the volume will be appreciated by teacher and student alike.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781451485219
    Publication Date: 
    2015-12-01

    Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther

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    The Reformation of the sixteenth century was a vast and complicated movement. It involved kings and peasants, cardinals and country priests, monks and merchants. It spread from one end of Europe to the other, and manifested itself in widely differing forms. Yet in spite of its diverse and complex character, to start to understand the Reformation you need know only one name: Martin Luther. Roland Bainton's Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther remains the definitive introduction to the great Reformer and is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand this towering historical figure.
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    9781426754432
    Publication Date: 
    2013-08-06
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    Kitty, My Rib

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    Katharine (Katharina Von Bora) Luther was Martin Luther's better half.

    She narrowly escaped from the Nimbschen convent, experienced marriage with an unromantic beginning, and later became Luther's beloved "Kitty." She mellowed Luther's harsher side, kept the household from bankruptcy despite her husband's generosity, and enhanced his life with the excitement of family living.

    With warmth and empathy, the author weaves together historical fact and fascinating insight throughout this novel.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780570031130
    Publication Date: 
    1970-01-01
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    Luther for Everyone: Who He Was and Why He Still Matters

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    Luther for Everyone: Who He Was and Why He Still Matters
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    Martin Luther is among those most influential and well-known people ever to live. But who was he and what did he want? What significance does he have for the world beyond the church? When these questions are posed, it becomes apparent that Martin Luther's theology, confession, and understanding of the world are little known outside of the Protestantism. Yet, Luther's numerous publications and teaching tenure at the University of Wittenberg extended far beyond Germany and far beyond Lutheranism.

    His translation of the Bible led to a revolution in publishing, language, and media. He nurtured the sciences, promoted an education system for boys, girls, and even the poor. He decisively shaped our understanding, sharpened our social conscience, and even influenced the renewal of the Catholic Church. Luther, in short, is for everyone. In this book, renowned scholar and theologian, Hans Schwarz traces these many connections and influences between Luther's world and our own. The result is a compelling account of Luther that can instruct both contemporary Lutherans and the broader public in the life and legacy of one of the makers of the modern world.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781506498300
    Publication Date: 
    2024-02-27
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    Luther's Letters of Spiritual Counsel

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    Martin Luther is often thought of as a world-shaking figure who defied papacy and empire to introduce a reformation in the teaching, worship, organization, and life of the Church. Sometimes it is forgotten that he was also a pastor and shepherd of souls. Collected in this volume are Luther's letters of spiritual counsel, which he offered to his contemporaries in the midst of sickness, death, persecution, imprisonment, famine, and political instability. For Luther, spiritual counsel was about establishing, nurturing, and strengthening faith. Freshly translated from the original German and Latin, the letters shed light on the fascinating relationship between his pastoral counsel and his theology.

    Theodore G. Tappert taught Church History at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also translated Pia Desideria by Philip Jacob Spener and The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781573830928
    Publication Date: 
    2003-06-01
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    Luther's Liturgical Criteria and His Reform of the Canon

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    9798582400288

    Luther's Rhetoric

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    9780758657596

    Martin Luther : An Introduction To His Life And Work

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    Luther's impact on theology and history was monumental, his writing was prodigious, his character was complex. The need for a critical overview of Luther's life and work, particularly concerning his writings and theology, is now met in Bernhard Lohse's comprehensive introduction.

    Beginning with an overview of Luther's world, Lohse summarizes the course of the reformer's life, highlighting the findings of Luther research and the question that still surround the figure about whom "we know more . . . than we do about anyone else in the sixteenth or any earlier century."Attention is given to al of the major writings, their relative importance, genre, and historical context. Lohse expertly guides the reader through significant issues in Luther's theology and discusses landmark contributions to the interpretation of Luther. Editions, translations, and other aids for the study of Luther are clearly described and a select bibliography of related works in English is appended.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780800619640
    Publication Date: 
    2000-09-05

    Martin Luther and the Rule of Faith: Reading God's Word for God's People

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    Martin Luther considered the reading of God's word to be his primary task as a theologian, a pastor, and a Christian. Though he is often portrayed as reading the Bible with a bare approach of sola Scriptura--without any concern for previous generations' interpretation--the truth is more complicated.

    In this New Explorations in Theology (NET) volume, Reformation scholar Todd R. Hains shows that Luther read the Bible according to the rule of faith, which is contained in the church's ancient catechism of the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Apostles' Creed. Hains carefully examines Luther's sermons to show how Luther taught the rule of faith as the guard and guide of Bible reading.

    This study will helpfully complicate your view of Luther and bring clarity to your own reading of God's Word.

    Featuring new monographs with cutting-edge research, New Explorations in Theology provides a platform for constructive, creative work in the areas of systematic, historical, philosophical, biblical, and practical theology.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781514002964
    Publication Date: 
    2022-10-11
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    Martin Luther on Holy Baptism Sermons to the People (1525-39)

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    The liturgy is not a style of worship. The liturgy is the substance of justification as it is brought through means.

    This book is an introduction to the liturgy and its importance. It takes the liturgy and makes it easy for the layperson to understand that the New Testament church service brings God's presence, in Jesus the Christ to the people of God who have been cleansed from their sins. This is a holy meeting made possible by the blood of Christ that cleanses the believer. This understanding of the church service helps one to understand that the church service is more than a meeting place; it is the manifestation of the New Testament church on earth as Christ calls His bride around Word and Sacraments.

    Heaven on Earth will deepen your understanding of the Divine Service and why it remains the Church's chief worship service.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758659729
    Publication Date: 
    2018-06-01
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    Martin Luther's Basic Exegetical Writings

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    First and foremost a doctor of Sacred Scripture, Martin Luther lectured and preached on the Bible for more than 30 years. His work as a reformer of the Christian Church is incomprehensible apart from his work as a Bible teacher. From his first lectures on the Psalms and Romans, to his monumental series on Galatians, his sermons on Matthew and John, and his final lecture series on Genesis, Luther returned the attention of God's people to His Word and the centrality of Christ's saving work.

    The excerpts in Martin Luther's Basic Exegetical Writings span Luther's career. The accompanying introductions place each work in its historical context and provide an overarching narrative of Luther's academic, pastoral, and personal life from 1515 to 1546. The chronological arrangement of the excerpts allows the reader to observe both the development and remarkable consistency of Luther the exegete, theologian, and reformer.

    Martin Luther's Basic Exegetical Writings is a user-friendly introduction to his interpretation of Scripture, theological concerns, and pastoral insights. This anthology of Luther's lectures and sermons will serve both the classroom and the Church and will be a valued addition to any home library.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758657312
    Publication Date: 
    2017-08-01
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    Martin Luther's Theology

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    This definitive analysis of the theology of Martin Luther surveys its development during the crises of Luther's life, then offers a systematic survey by topics. Containing a wealth of quotations from less-known writings by Luther and written in a way that will interest both scholar and novice, Lohse's magisterial volume is the first to evaluate Luther's theology in both ways. Lohse's historical analysis takes up Luther's early exegetical works and then his debates with traditions important to him in the context of the various controversies leading up to his dispute with the Antinomians. The systematic treatment shows how the meaning of ancient Christian doctrines took their place within the central teaching of justification by faith.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780800698362
    Publication Date: 
    2011-01-01

    Martin Luther's Theology: A Contemporary Interpretation

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    Forty years of in-depth research on Martin Luther's theology has left Oswald Bayer uniquely qualified to present this comprehensive study. He does so with clarity and care, simply enough for nontheologians to access. This remarkable book offers the basics of Luther's understanding of theology, discussing his response to the philosophy of science tradition, the formula by which he studied theology, and the basic philosophy that informed him. Bayer then takes Luther's stance on Christian dogmatics and ethics and applies it to our own theological understanding in the modern age. With such a complete Lutheran dogmatic concept -- the first of its kind offered -- the stunning inner consistency of Luther's theology and its ease of application to contemporary studies become unmistakably clear. Martin Luther's Theology is a valuable tool for students and teachers of theology and for those looking for a guide into the mind and heart of Luther -- a theologian for today.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780802827999
    Publication Date: 
    2008-11-01

    Martin Luther, Volume 2 (Shaping and Defining the Reformation, 1521-1532)

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    Martin Luther, Volume 2 (Shaping and Defining the Reformation, 1521-1532)
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    Brecht here describes the years in which the distinctive aspects of the Reformation took shape. During this time four difficult conflictsthe Peasants' War, the interchange between Luther and Erasmus, debates on the Lord's Supper, and the rise of Anabaptist groupsstrengthened the need to fashion new orders for govering the church and the need to develop new patterns for worship and the instruction of youth. Luther the theologian was occupied with problems of politics, economy, law, and education. In addition, his own life was altered by his marriage.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780800628147
    Publication Date: 
    1994-01-05

    Martin Luther, Volume 3 (The Preservation of the Church, 1532-1546)

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    The third volume of Brecht's magnificent biography describes the final fourteen years of Luther's life, beginning with the accession of Elector John Frederick in 1532. The period is often treated briefly because some Reformation developments continued without him, his Catholic opponents paid only partial attention to him, his personality displayed great tensions, and his judgment, errors. Yet the preservation of the churchthose confessing the Reformation gospel being identical, according to Luther, with the truechurchdominated Luther's concerns.

    A work of immense and engaging scholarship, gracefully translated by 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. With 34 illustrations.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780800628154
    Publication Date: 
    1999-08-20

    Of Good Comfort: Martin Luther's Letters to the Depressed

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    Of Good Comfort: Martin Luther's Letters to the Depressed
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    'This is a feast for theologians, historians and Christian counselors. Pietsch examines 21 of Luther's "letters of comfort" to explore Luther's pastoral care for souls suffering with depression. Pietsch uses interdisciplinary tools of inquiry artfully to examine the letters, Luther's pastoral care approaches and the history of the "melancholy tradition". The practice of seelsorge emerges as an amalgam of art, spiritual gift, and understanding of affliction, all resting comfortably within the authority of scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. Pietsch's volume is a significant contribution to spiritual care literature, underscoring the conviction of the early church that individual soul care is an essential response to serve those who despair. Offering pivotal pastoral care insights that are often lost, discredited or entirely absent in the work of caring for those who suffer with depression, Pietsch concludes that Luther has given us excellent tools to examine, learn and to teach as we assist souls to find hope, strength and healing in the gospel of Jesus Christ.' Professor Beverly Yahnke Concordia University Wisconsin Executive Director of Christian Counsel, Doxology Lutheran Centre for Spiritual Care and Counsel.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781925486476
    Publication Date: 
    2016-09-20
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    On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther's Heidelberg Disputation 1518

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    On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther's Heidelberg Disputation 1518
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    While there is increasing interest in the "theology of the cross," few people have specific knowledge of what makes it different from other kinds of theology. Gerhard O. Forde here provides an introduction to this theological perspective through an analysis of Luther's Heidelberg Disputation of 1518, the classic text of the theology of the cross.

    The book first clarifies the difference between a theology of glory and a theology of the cross and explains how each perspective shapes the very nature of being a theologian. The main body of the book provides commentary on the Heidelberg Disputation -- the only complete analysis of this document currently available. Underlying Forde's exposition is the contention that one ought not speak of the theology of the cross as merely another item among a host of theological options; instead, one must pursue what it means to be a theologian of the cross and to look at all things through suffering and the cross.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780802843456
    Publication Date: 
    1997-10-06

    Only the Decalogue Is Eternal: Martin Luther's Complete Antinomian Theses and Disputations

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    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780974852966
    Publication Date: 
    2008-01-01
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    Paragon of Excellence: Luther's Sermons on 1 Peter

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    Paragon of Excellence: Luther's Sermons on 1 Peter
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    Scholars routinely describe how Martin Luther prioritized the books of the New Testament that he believed most truly represented the gospel, the Living Word of Jesus Christ. Luther adored the Gospel of John and the Pauline epistles. Less well known is the admiration he had for the pastoral epistle of 1 Peter. Dennis Ngien's careful explication brings 1 Peter into the light of Lutheran biblical scholarship, demonstrating its standing for Luther alongside the Gospel of John and the Pauline epistles as the "true kernel and marrow of all books."

    Ngien rejects caricatured portrayals of Peter disappearing halfway through the book of Acts. Instead, Ngien demonstrates that, for Luther, Peter stands alongside John and Paul as a master of the majestic doctrine of justification. Luther variously describes 1 Peter as "the paragon of excellence" and "the genuine and pure gospel." Ngien uses the epistle's five chapters as thematic frames for describing the depth and breadth of regard Luther had for Peter.

    Indeed, for Ngien the sermons on 1 Peter present the most comprehensive early expression of Luther's mature thought and reflect the reformer's vocational maturation as "care-taker of the soul." Proclaiming Christ as gift and example, 1 Peter preached "genuinely evangelical words" that helped Luther understand his call as a theologian and, more importantly, as a minister.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781506488189
    Publication Date: 
    2023-09-26
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    Righteousness of Faith According to Luther

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    Hans Joachim Iwand's 1941 monograph, The Righteousness of Faith According to Luther, is an important contribution to contemporary appreciation of Luther's theological significance for today. Although Iwand wrote his study three decades after the beginning of the Luther Renaissance, it nevertheless developed some of the central insights of Luther scholarship during that period. Two concepts--in particular, promise and simultaneity--are crucial to an appreciative understanding of Luther's doctrine of justification. The language of promise presents justification to the believer as a reality that has yet to arrive or is hidden under present reality. And the language of simultaneity attests that humans remain throughout their lives one in the same, sinner and saint. This beautiful translation by Randi H. Lundell makes Iwand's down-to-earth presentation of the doctrine at the heart of Luther's theology, at long last, available to English-language readers. ""Though not as celebrated, Hans Joachim Iwand was once described as the greatest Lutheran theologian of the twentieth century. A close friend of Karl Barth's, Iwand tested his heritage in the fires of Barth's critique. This tempering is evident in seminal work on Luther's doctrine of justification by faith and the distinction of law and gospel. I heartily recommend this volume as a starting point in studying Iwand and hope that it is the beginning of a new interest in his legacy."" --James Nestingen, Professor Emeritus of Church History, Luther Seminary ""The appearance of this book in English is long overdue. Prior to the appearance of these essays in Lutheran Quarterly, little of Iwand had been translated into English and he was largely unknown in North America except, perhaps, from his influence on the thinking of Gerhard Forde. Hans Joachim Iwand's theological career was forged by an early and ongoing critical engagement with Barth, the necessity of confessional witness in the face of Hitler, and by a profound grasp of the heart of Luther's theology. Like Luther, Iwand's theological work is geared toward the proclamation of the righteousness of faith found only in Christ Jesus. Thus, the fundamental and critical distinction for theology is the distinction between the law and the gospel. Here Iwand is radically and refreshingly Lutheran in a way that deconstructs moralisms of the left and the right so that Christ alone is preached as the end of the law for all who believe. The Righteousness of Faith According to Luther is more than just another historical study of a Reformation theme; it is a vigorous exercise in pastoral dogmatics. Iwand teases out the nuances in Luther's distinction of the law from the gospel with provocative insights on nearly every page. This is a volume not simply for Reformation scholars but for seminarians, pastors and thoughtful laity. I look forward to using it in the classroom and beyond."" --John T. Pless, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions, Director of Field Education, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana Hans J. Iwand (1899-1960), Professor of Theology at Gottingen and Bonn, was a prominent scholar of the Luther Renaissance who contributed to the contemporary understanding of Luther's significance for theology today.
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    9781556359118
    Publication Date: 
    2008-06-01
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