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The Freedom of a Christian [Paperback]

By Martin Luther (Author) & Mark D. Tranvik (Translator)
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Perhaps no work of Martin Luther's so captures the revolutionary zeal and theological boldness of his vision as The Freedom of a Christian. Yet, it is not easily accessible today. Mark Tranvik's new translation of Luther's treatise brings alive the social, historical, and ecclesial context of Luther's treatise. Key Features: An informative Introduction that lays out the context of Luther's writing A modern, student-friendly translation of the text of Luther's Letter to Pope Leo X and The Freedom of a Christian Frequent headings to guide the student's reading and comprehension Student-oriented notes to explain theological controversies and terms A glossary of key theological and ecclesial terms A map of Reformation Europe in the 16th Century Ten black and white illustrations A short "For Further Reading" list This is the first of a set of student guides to key Reformation treatises by Martin Luther, concentrating on those most widely used in college settings.

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Perhaps no work of Martin Luther's so captures the revolutionary zeal and theological boldness of his vision as The Freedom of a Christian. Yet, it is not easily accessible today. Mark Tranvik's new translation of Luther's treatise brings alive the social, historical, and ecclesial context of Luther's treatise.Key Features: An informative Introduction that lays out the context of Luther's writing A modern, student-friendly translation of the text of Luther's Letter to Pope Leo X and The Freedom of a Christian Frequent headings to guide the student's reading and comprehension Student-oriented notes to explain theological controversies and terms A glossary of key theological and ecclesial terms A map of Reformation Europe in the 16th Century Ten black and white illustrations A short "For Further Reading" list This is the first of a set of student guides to key Reformation treatises by Martin Luther, concentrating on those most widely used in college settings.

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Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   102
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN  080066311X  
ISBN13  9780800663117  


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Martin Luther

Martin Luther (1483-1546) was professor of Bible at Wittenberg University, and many of his expositions came out of his classroom. Considered one of the most powerful discussions of justification by faith written by any of the Reformers, this commentary on Galatians has had a profound impact on many through the centuries.

Alister McGrath (PhD, University of Oxford) is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, president of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and senior research fellow at Harris Manchester College in Oxford. He is also a noted author and coeditor of Crossway's Classic Commentaries series.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.



Martin Luther was born in 1483 and died in 1546.

Martin Luther has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 40-Day Journey
  2. Anchor Library of Religion
  3. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
  4. Facets
  5. Library of Christian Classics
  6. Luther Classic Commentaries Luther Classic Commentaries
  7. Luther's Works (Augsburg)
  8. Luther's Works (Concordia)


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Making Luther accessible to a whole new generation!  Jul 7, 2009
An unfortunate circumstance in our age of media and information overload is that students are more informed on modern trends and popular culture than they are of history. This lack of exposure to history can be a real handicap to students as they labor through the writings of theological giants like Calvin, Luther, and others. In order to bridge this gap, publishers are producing many reader's and study editions of important works in order to make these writings accessible to a whole new generation. Hats off to Fortress Press for doing just that, with this updated edition of Martin Luther's The Freedom of a Christian: Luther Study Edition.

Mark D. Tranvik puts twenty plus years of teaching Martin Luther's The Freedom of a Christian to work in bringing us this most excellent Luther study edition. This volume offers an updated translation as well as very thorough footnotes and commentary. With these helps as their guide, readers with minimal exposure to Luther's writings and their historical context will be able to follow along with relative ease. I particularly enjoyed the introductory chapter titled Martin Luther's Road to Freedom. It gives the reader a good idea of the extent to which the fear of death and the devil dominated the culture of the sixteenth century. This chapter also offers a brief biographical sketch of the life of Martin Luther and as the title of the chapter suggests, his road to freedom.

The remainder of the book is comprised of two parts. First is Luther's letter to Pope Leo X in which he notes that he has dedicated his short essay on the entire Christian life (i.e. The Freedom of a Christian) to Pope Leo. Second is Luther's essay titled The Freedom of a Christian. Here Luther explains his course of history altering understanding of the justification of sinners by faith and the good works that follow. Readers will also want to make use of the short glossary at the end of the book, which defines some of the important people, places, and concepts relevant to the essay.

All things considered, I must give this new edition of The Freedom of a Christian a rating of five stars. This updated edition will be useful for both a classroom setting and personal study. Those long acquainted with Luther and those discovering Luther for the first time will both benefit greatly from this new volume. Readers who enjoy this work will also want to consider Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings, 2nd Edition (Fortress Press, 2005).

Mark D. Tranvik is Associate Professor of Religion at Augsburg Fortress College, Minneapolis, and director of the Lilly Endowment Program on vocation there.
 
Martin Luther  May 11, 2009
This book is billed as the most important of Luther's writings, next to his Small Catechism. It was written before he was excommunicated from the Catholic church and also contains his letter to Pope Leo. This book was enlightening, even to a life long Lutheran, and stimulated much discussion about our beliefs and their basis in our book club. The translation is quite readable (some of our group were worried about reading something written in the 16th century). I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know the basis of the Lutheran Church, written in the words of Luther himself.
 
Highly Recommended  Apr 23, 2009
A great distinction of the biblical dichotomies of master and servant, of freedom and bondage, and of the inner person (what a person in Christ Jesus is constructed of) and the outer person (what a person in Christ Jesus is constructed for). About 45 pages and includes editorial footnotes. Written in 1520 and continues to be quite applicable.

The book also includes 12 pages containing a letter from Martin Luther to Pope Leo X, written in the year 1520.

(Written in 1520; this publication and binding was in 2008)
 

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