Luther

Man Between God and the Devil

Heiko A. Oberman; translated by Eileen Walliser-Schwarzbart

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March 11, 2006
400 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
ISBN: 9780300103137
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Written by one of the world's greatest authorities on Martin Luther, this is the definitive biography of the central figure of the Protestant Reformation.
“A brilliant account of Luther’s evolution as a man, a thinker, and a Christian ... Every person interested in Christianity should put this on his or her reading list.”—Lawrence Cunningham, Commonweal
“This is the biography of Luther for our time by the world’s foremost authority.”—Steven Ozment, Harvard University
“If the world is to gain from Luther it must turn to the real Luther—furious, violent, foul-mouthed, passionately concerned. Him it will find in Oberman’s book, a labour of love.”—G. R. Elton, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

The late Heiko A. Oberman was professor of medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation history at the University of Arizona.
 

"When Martin Luther challenged the ruling powers of his time, the movement he initiated changed the social, political, intellectual and religious structures of western history. But what did Luther intend, and what did he actually accomplish? Heiko Oberman, internationally recognized as one of the most distinguished historians of the Reformation, addresses these questions in this readable book. Presenting a vivid portrait of a man too often portrayed as a saint or a devil, Oberman shows how Luther—passionate, courageous and stubborn—simultaneously aroused fierce loyalty in his admirers and violent antagonism among his enemies."—Elaine Pagels

 

“This is the biography of Luther for our time by the world’s foremost authority.”—Steven Ozment, Harvard University 

“A brilliant account of Luther’s evolution as a man, a thinker, and a Christian. . . . Every person interested in Christianity should put this on his or her reading list.”—Lawrence Cunningham, Commonweal 
 
 

"This magnificent biography . . . is teeming with ideas and is altogether worthy of its great, gutsy subject."—Harry Reid, Glasgow Herald

“If the world is to gain from Luther it must turn to the real Luther—furious, violent, foul-mouthed, passionately concerned. Him it will find in Oberman’s book, a labour of love.”—G. R. Elton, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

"This remarkable study, combining learning, realism, and literary adroitness, brings us close to Luther. Above all, it conveys Luther's power: the intensity of his faith, the coherence of his thought, the force of his personality."—New Yorker

"Oberman rivets attention on Luther as he was. He prods the reader to set aside views mediated by tradition and prejudice. Yet, paradoxically, by locking Luther in the past and showing us our distance from him, he unlocks a truer Luther for the present; passionate commitment and dynamism are freshly provocative. Oberman's hallmark is to combine rigorous historical scholarship with theological sensitivity. The book is a milestone in Reformation studies."—Susan Moor, Scotsman

 

"Oberman makes such good sense of the man that all other attempts to explain him, as a maniac, or a martyr to constipation, or as a saint, seem trivial by comparison."—Eric Christiansen, Spectator

“The late Heiko Oberman was a formidable Reformation scholar and Luther’s biography, originally published 24 years ago, makes a welcome re-appearance in paperback. … This is a better account of the 16th-century Luther than of his legacy. The author presents us with a man who saw this world as a battlefield over which God and the devil fought. That is the arena we must enter if we want to understand the man who helped shape our modern world.” - Derek Wilson, BBC History Magazine
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