For Further Reading on Luther and the Reformation

Recommendations from the editors of Faith-Life

A few suggestions from the abundance and over-abundance of literature on Luther and the Reformation.

The Ninety-Five Theses 

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

Aland, Kurt, ed. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1967; reprint 2004

Contains a lengthy introduction, pre-history of the Theses, the text of “The Ninety-five Theses” and of “A Sermon on Indulgence and Grace;” letters of Luther in connection with the Theses, and Luther’s comments regarding the Theses from his Table Talk and from the introduction to his collected works of 1538.

Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses

Wengert, Timothy. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015

Contains, as in the prior listing, lengthy introductions and Luther’s “Letter to Albrecht,” as well as the Theses and the “Sermon on Indulgence and Grace.”

Luther’s Writings 

Luther’s Works, American edition

Jaroslav Pelikan, Helmuth Lehmann, and Christopher Brown, eds. 55+ volumes.

St. Louis: Concordia and Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1955+.

The Annotated Luther

Hillerbrand, Hans, Kirsi Stjerna, and Timothy J. Wengert, eds. Six volumes. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015-2017.

Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings

Lull, Timothy and William Russell, eds. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012

Biography & Theology 

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther

Bainton, Roland. New York & Nashville: Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1950; now in various reprints.

Still a fine starting point for studying the life of Luther; lively and readable style.

Martin Luther: Creative Translator

Bluhm, Heinz. St. Louis: Concordia, 1965.

Luther’s unique ability, effort, and achievement in translating the Scriptures into German.

Road to Reformation: Martin Luther to the Year 1521

Boehmer, Heinrich. Translated by John W. Doberstein and Theodore G. Tappert.

Philadelphia: Muhlenberg Press, 1946.