Item description for Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography by Eberhard Bethge, Victoria J. Barnett & Clifford J. Green...
Overview Widely regarded as the definitive biography. Bethge, a close friend and relative of Bonhoeffer, also edited Ethics and Letters & Papers from Prison. Now the translation has been carefully revised by Barnett, who incorporates hundreds of corrections, as well as adds sections previously omitted.
Publishers Description The authoritative biography of Bonhoeffer -- theologian, Christian, man for his times.
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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.14" Width: 6.06" Height: 2.54" Weight: 3.8 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2000
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800628446 ISBN13 9780800628444
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More About Eberhard Bethge, Victoria J. Barnett & Clifford J. Green
Eberhard Bethge was born in 1909 and died in 2000.
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The Definitive Bonhoeffer Biography Mar 27, 2006
Bethge was Bonhoeffer's closest friend and colleague.He devoted his life to bringing Bonhoeffer to the world's attention. This expanded volume, in remarkable ways, weaves together Bonhoeffer's life and his theological insights. In this 100th anniversary of the birth of this 39 year old martyr, this long book deserves careful reading, even my those who have read Bethge's somewhat shorter version published a number of years ago.
Bonhoeffer: Man For His Times & Ours Jul 7, 2005
Upon starting this book I knew very little about Bonhoeffer; I had read some of Ethics and I knew of his murder by the Gestapo. Thus, there was something new on every page for me, and despite the book's length it never seemed oppressive in detail. In fact if the author can be faulted for one thing it is his lack of information about Bonhoeffer's courtship and engagement; which is discussed almost as an aside. On every other point though, the author did a wonderful job. His explanations of Bonhoeffer's theology are clear and understandable. Considering that much of what Bonhoeffer took for granted, theologically speaking, is alien to the American intellectual tradition that is a great accomplishment. The book is also a welcome antidote to the conception of 1930's and 1940's Germany as synonymous with Hitler and National Socialism. For even under the totalitarian state there were still men like Bonhoeffer who stood up against the regime
Christian Fortitude Jul 22, 2004
An outstanding, detailed and gripping story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christian fortitude. Eberhard Bethge's exquisitely detailed knowledge and references about Bonhoeffer's life, from beginning to end is a wonderful tribute to Bonhoeffer. The reader asks the question what possessed Bonhoeffer to pursue the dream of a restive German society with Christianity abounding. Unless one has lived under a dictatorship perhaps this makes one restless. This book provides clear and concise answers.
A Testament to Excellence May 2, 2000
About 20 years ago, I read an older translation of this biography. Then, as now, a reader cannot help but be impressed by the thorough and meticulous scholarship that went into its preparation. Because of its size and scope (900+ pages), it may be somewhat daunting to new readers who may be just now encountering Bonhoeffer. However, given the nature of his literary output (Bonheoffer was still a young man when he died, and many of his ideas exist only in limited or underdeveloped forms), this in-depth look at the man and his motivations by the individual who probably knew him best is essential to an informed understanding of his work. For Bonhoeffer admirers, it doesn't get any better than this.
A classic -- Bethge is indispensable Apr 18, 2000
Eberhard Bethge was Dietrich Bonhoeffer's closest friend and the lifelong editor and interpreter of his life and writings. For the first time we now have the completely unabridged biography in a revised and updated English translation. This is not only a classic of twentieth century biography; it also addresses key issues not only of German and European history, World War II, and the Holocaust but also, through Bonhoeffer's theology, the church and modernity. It sharply poses the question of authentic Christian life. A big book and a challenging read!