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Luther : man between God and the Devil /
Heiko A. Oberman ; translated by Eileen Walliser-Schwarzbart.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c1989.
xx, 380 p. : ill., maps.
0300037945 (alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c1989.
0300037945 (alk. paper)
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Includes indexes.
Maps on lining papers.
Translation of: Luther.
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Bibliography: p. 331-354.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-05:
Oberman, past director of the Institute for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies at the University of Tubingen and presently director of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies at the University of Arizona, is an internationally renowned scholar whose numerous books belong in all academic libraries. This study is a translation of Oberman's Luther: Mensch zwischen Gott und Teufel (Berlin, 1982), winner, in 1985, of the Historischer Sachbuchpreis for the outstanding historical publication of the decade. This excellent translation retains both Oberman's lively style and his substantive exposition of Luther. The volume is further enhanced by more than 60 illustrations, a chronological outline of Luther's life in its historical context, and subject and name indexes. Equally at home in historical studies, the history of ideas, and theology, Oberman is able to facilitate contemporary understanding of, and dialogue with, Luther precisely because he refuses to modernize him. "We can encounter Luther only where he was convinced he stood and not where he approximates the temper of our time." No academic library should be without this volume. -C. Lindberg, Boston University
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1989-12-28:
In Oberman's startling portrait of Martin Luther, we meet an obstinate monk of volcanic temperament, for whom Christ and the Devil were equally real. ``Luther proclaimed the Last Days, not the modern age,'' asserts this University of Arizona history professor. The rebellious monk, we learn, called himself doctor, preacher, or professor, but never ``reformer,'' and never spoke of his movement as the ``Reformation.'' His achievement lay in ``horizontalizing'' Christian ethics by proclaiming that good works are crucial for survival in a threatened world. This weighty study gives full attention to aspects of Luther's career that other biographers have sought to minimize, such as his savage attacks on Jews and his scatological invective against the Devil. Oberman brings us closer to the real Luther. Illustrated. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 1990-04-01:
Oberman believes that we can best understand Martin Luther as a man of the Middle Ages who believed that he was literally involved in a mortal struggle with the devil incarnate and that the pope was the Antichrist of the Last Days. The original German edition of this brilliant, sympathetic psychobiography of the father of the Reformation won the Historischer Sachbuchpreis, a special prize given the outstanding historical work of the decade 1975-85. Walliser-Schwarzbart's English translation is smooth and unobtrusive, and the illustrations supplement the text admirably. Highly recommended for readers willing to meet Oberman's intellectual and theological challenges.-- Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Kirkus Reviews,
Booklist, November 1989
Publishers Weekly, December 1989
Library Journal, April 1990
Choice, May 1990
University Press Book News, June 1990
Wall Street Journal, June 2007
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