"This is a much needed and very timely book! While the fact is widely known that Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses on indulgences were the beginning of the Reformation, only very few Protestants are familiar with their content. Wengert offers a fascinating introduction into the theological background of the Theses; his comments on the Theses and two connected documents allow the contemporary reader to understand the theological debate of that time."
Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses
With Introduction, Commentary, and Study Guide
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By almost any reckoning, the Ninety-Five Theses ranks as the most important text of the Reformation, if not in substance at least in impact. As the anniversary of its posting on the church door in Wittenberg approaches, what better way to remember and recognize the occasion than to make this important text more easily understood by twenty-first-century readers?
Timothy J. Wengert, one of the best-known interpreters of Luther and Lutheranism active today, sets his newly translated Ninety-Five Theses in its historical context with a detailed introduction and illuminating study notes. To help the reader understand the context and the import of the Ninety-Five Theses more deeply, Wengert provides two more related and essential documents: Luther’s Letter to Archbishop Albrecht of Mainz (to which he appended a copy of the Theses) and Luther’s 1518 Sermon on Indulgences and Grace (written to inform the German-speaking public of his view of indulgences).
The book is simply constructed with introductions and notes for each of the writings, as well as a study guide with questions for individual or group reflection and conversation.