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Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings
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Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings, a single-volume introduction to Luther's most influential, noted, and important writings in the modern translations—including excerpts of his sermons and letters—presents Luther the theologian "steeped in the word of God, speaking to the whole church," even as it takes the reader straight to Luther the man, to his controversial Reformation insights, to his strongest convictions about God and Scripture and the life of the church, and most importantly to his theology—a still-exciting encounter with the meaning of Jesus Christ for each age.

The third edition includes revised introductions, updated bibliography, index, and the addition of "A Meditation on Christ's Passion" (1519), "Treatise on the Blessed Sacrament" (1519), "Sermon on the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ—Against the Fanatics" (1526), "Sermon in Castle Pleissenburg" (1539), and "Consolation to Women Whose Pregnancies Have Not Gone Well" (1542), as well as new translations of "A Practical Way to Pray" (1535) and "On the Freedom of a Christian" (1520).

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Chronology of Luther’s Writings in This Volume
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xii-13
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface to the First Edition
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xix-xxiv
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  1. Part 1. Luther on Theology
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Disputation against Scholastic Theology (1517)
  2. pp. 3-7
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  1. 2. The Ninety-Five Theses (1517)
  2. pp. 8-13
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  1. 3. Heidelberg Disputation (1518)
  2. pp. 14-25
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  1. 4. Confession concerning Christ’s Supper—Part III (1528)
  2. pp. 26-32
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  1. 5. A Practical Way to Pray (1535)
  2. pp. 33-38
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  1. 6. Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of Luther’s German Writings (1539)
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. 7. Sermon in Castle Pleissenburg, Leipzig (1539)
  2. pp. 43-50
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  1. Part 2. Luther on Scripture
  2. pp. 51-52
  1. 8. "Concerning the Letter and the Spirit” (1521)
  2. pp. 53-70
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  1. 9. A Brief Instruction on What to Look for and Expect in the Gospels (1521)
  2. pp. 71-75
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  1. 10. Preface to the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans (1522, Revised 1546)
  2. pp. 76-85
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  1. 11. Lectures on Galations (1535)
  2. pp. 86-92
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  1. 12. Preface to the New Testament (1522, Revised 1546)
  2. pp. 93-96
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  1. 13. Preface to the Old Testament (1523, Revised 1545)
  2. pp. 97-106
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  1. 14. How Christians Should Regard Moses (1525)
  2. pp. 107-116
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  1. Part 3. Luther on the Gospel
  2. pp. 117-118
  1. 15. Two Kinds of Righteousness (1519)
  2. pp. 119-125
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  1. 16. A Meditation on Christ’s Passion (1519)
  2. pp. 126-131
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  1. 17. A Sermon on the Three Kinds of Good Life for the Instruction of Consciences (1521)
  2. pp. 132-137
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  1. 18. The Bondage of the Will—Introduction, Part VI, and Conclusion (1525)
  2. pp. 138-170
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  1. 19. Sermon on the Afternoon of Christmas Day (1530)
  2. pp. 171-175
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  1. 20. Against the Antinomians (1539)
  2. pp. 176-182
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  1. Part 4. Luther on the Sacraments
  2. pp. 183-184
  1. 21. The Blessed Sacrament of the Holy and True Body of Christ (1519)
  2. pp. 185-195
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  1. 22. The Babylonian Captivity of the Church—Part I (1520)
  2. pp. 196-223
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  1. 23. The Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ—Against the Fanatics (1526)
  2. pp. 224-239
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  1. 24. Concerning Rebaptism (1528)
  2. pp. 240-261
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  1. 25. Confession concerning Christ’s Supper—From Part I (1528)
  2. pp. 262-279
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  1. 26. The Marburg Articles (1529)
  2. pp. 280-282
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  1. 27. Consolation for Women Whose Pregnancies Have Not Gone Well (1542)
  2. pp. 283-286
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  1. Part 5. Luther on Reform
  2. pp. 287-288
  1. 28. Eight Sermons at Wittenberg (1522)
  2. pp. 289-306
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  1. 29. Concerning the Order of Public Worship (1523)
  2. pp. 307-310
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  1. 30. An Order of Mass and Communion for the Church at Wittenberg (1523)
  2. pp. 311-321
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  1. 31. The Small Catechism (1529)
  2. pp. 322-339
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  1. 32. The Smalcald Articles (1537)
  2. pp. 340-362
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  1. 33. On the Councils and the Church—Part III (1539)
  2. pp. 363-384
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  1. Part 6. Luther on Ethics
  2. pp. 385-386
  1. 34. A Sermon on the Estate of Marriage (1519)
  2. pp. 387-391
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  1. 35. A Sermon on Preparing to Die (1519)
  2. pp. 392-402
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  1. 36. The Freedom of a Christian (1520)
  2. pp. 403-427
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  1. 37. Temporal Authority: To What Extent It Should Be Obeyed (1523)
  2. pp. 428-455
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  1. 38. To the Councilmen of All Cities in Germany That They Establish and Maintain Christian Schools (1524)
  2. pp. 456-474
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  1. 39. Whether One May Flee from a Deadly Plague (1527)
  2. pp. 475-488
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  1. Part 7. Luther the Man
  2. pp. 489-490
  1. 40–47. Letters and Fragments
  2. pp. 491-506
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  1. Chronology of Martin Luther’s Life
  2. pp. 507-510
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 511-516
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 517-524
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 525-530
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