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Luther and His Times: The Reformation from a New Perspective [Hardcover]

By Ernest G. Schwiebert (Author) & E. G. Schwrebert (Author)
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Dr. E.G. Schwiebert was inspired by his professor to research the unexplored influences that vitaly affected Luther's life, teaching and the development of the Reformation. This book is the fruit of his work. After studying primary and secondary sources both in America and in Germany, Schwiebert presents a new perspective on the Great Reformer.

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This book draws on primary and secondary source material to examine the file and career of the reformer.

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Language: English
Studio: Concordia Publishing House
Pages   892
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.33" Width: 6.75" Height: 2.21"
Weight:   3.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 12, 1950
Publisher   Concordia Publishing House
ISBN  0570032466  
ISBN13  9780570032465  

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Revealing  Mar 25, 2008
This book has a complete history in detail that I was able to appreciate for the first time with out being bogged down. It presents facts in a truly interesting read.
A Masterful Work and Excellent Historical Biography  Sep 8, 2005
I never thought this could or would happen, but I have actually found a text about Martin Luther that rivals Roland Bainton's "Here I Stand." Interestingly, Schwiebert and Bainton published both their works on Luther in the exact same year - 1950 (although in the 20's Schwiebert began working on and publishing portions of his work, but did not release the work as a full blown text until the 1950). In fact, Bainton, in "Here I stand" actually lists in his bibliography Shwiebert's other texts.

"Luther and His Times" is a monster of a text, totaling over 880 pages and providing immense detail on every aspect of Luther's life and times. Schwiebert studied at Cornell University under Preserved Smith, who has been called "America's great Reformation Scholar." Schwiebert also extends 'thanks' to John T. McNiell (translator of Calvin's Institutes) for his help and advice on "Luther and His Times." These seemingly trivial things add up to a strong credibility for this text.

Not only having read the text, but spending the last few weeks digesting it and using it in research, I can honestly say that I was way more impressed than I initially thought I was going to be. Schwiebert's work is enormous in size, scope, depth, and breadth when dealing with Luther and the events surrounding Luther's life. While Bainton spends more time discussing Luther in his work in a more biographical way, Schwiebert is biographical but also much more historical in his research of Luther.

Schwiebert spends many pages setting the stage for the Reformation and for Luther and his life. In fact, the first 150 plus pages are devoted to setting the stage for Luther's birth. All the events, creeds, people, places, Popes, theologians, thinkers, races, religions, customs, etc. are discussed in detail leading up to Luther's day. Therefore, by the time the reader actually reaches Luther's birth, he is well aware of what has occurred in Germany, and all the surrounding areas, and in the Roman Catholic Church. This makes for a better understanding of why Luther was influenced the way he was and acted on the things he did.

Once Schwiebert reaches Luther's time, he delves deep into Luther's family background, upbringing, parents, education, etc. But at the same time he details what is going on politically, socially, and in the Church, so as not to allow the reader to lose track of how all these events culminate into the Reformation. Every detail is covered, and I mean every detail regarding Luther's life, the time he lived, and the entire events which caused the Reformation. Every debate, discussion, published work, person, etc. that came from or was touch by Luther is detailed. In fact, I have never read a more detailed history of any Reformer's life than Schwiebert's (and believe me I have read dozens upon dozens). This text is simply the best historical biography I have read (as I believe that Bainton's is the best biography - Schwiebert's is the best history).

However, the real unique feature of this book is not only the detail about Luther and his day, but how that impacted history from the time Luther died. Schwiebert details the impact Luther had on history. He details the Church which was established by Luther and how that culminated into an attempt to unify Christendom. A task Luther attempted to do right up until the time of his death. I am so glad that I have found this text. I know that it will turn out to be an invaluable resource. I highly recommend this text to students, lay people, and clergy alike.
Sometimes Size Matters  Mar 6, 2002
E. G. Schwiebert's Luther and His Times is a monster of a book with historical cultural, and religious backgrounds well developed; although it's over 50 years old, the book still stands up with anything current for the serious lay scholar or professional theologian.

The heft of this single volume may scare some people off, but Schwiebert's style makes it easy to grasp his substance. The book is well-organized and, unlike many Luther biographies, not only gives background information about the Reformer but also enlightens the reader about the church, the universities, and the general society of the 1500s.

Thorough Work On Luther  Apr 12, 2001
Schwiebert is lengthy and technical, written for serious students of the Reformation. We used it as one of seminary texts for Reformation. Omits untranslated German and Latin, etc. which predominates much scholarly work so that laypeople can't begin to use.

Organized into five parts, beginning with cultural, theological context, then moves to various phases of Luther's life.

Useful Reformation work, especially good section on Worms.

Luther for Our Times  Mar 28, 2000
Dr. Ernest Schwiebert, who died on March 10, 2000 at the age of 104, described this book as his greatest accomplishment (Deshler, OH Flag, March 23, 2000). Researched and written on location in Germany in 1950, the book analyzes conditions surrounding the Lutheran Reformation according to history, politics, the church, and academia - a daunting task for one book. But the author organizes his material well and one of his specialties, the analysis of the Reformation as a university movement, comes through clearly and cleanly in this work. Both those familiar with Luther's life and those exploring it for the first time will appreciate how Dr. Schwiebert brought scholarly research on the topic into the reach of many people.

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