Fortress Press

Presented on the occasion of his seventieth birthday, this collection of essays honors the life and work of Dr. Timothy J. Wengert. Wengert, a pastor, a teacher of pastors, and a noted Reformation historian, brings to the work of scholarship a deep sense of its practical dimensions in the life of the church. Over the course of his career, Wengert's work and insights have been marked by the way in which they apply to and make different the lived life of the church, whether in preaching, worship, or theology.

In these essays, Wengert's students, colleagues, and peers follow in their honoree's footsteps by highlighting the practical and pastoral implications of a rich tapestry of Reformation topics organized into three parts.

In Part One, Luther and a diverse cast of colleagues are considered in light of their significance for today. In Part Two, the texts of the Reformation are examined, opening to Part Three, where the formation of faith through catechesis and the life of the church bring the book to a close.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506467665
  • eBook ISBN 9781506467672
  • Dimensions 6.25 x 9.25
  • Pages 296
  • Publication Date August 10, 2021


"This fine collection, edited by Illić and Lohrmann, skillfully reflects and honors Wengert's commitment to an ecumenically grounded reformation scholarship anchored by heart of a pastor, centred on the preaching and teaching of the Gospel. An excellent resource!"

Gordon A. Jensen, William Hordern Professor of Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon

"Here we find far more than a Festschrift as it presents us the latest and finest in Reformation research. And yet it certainly is a true Festschrift as it honors Timothy Wengert with just the same meticulous source work as he himself is famous for. This collection of essays is a lasting gift to the field of sixteenth century studies."

Herman Selderhuis, Theological University Apeldoorn

"This is a superb volume of essays by a distinguished and international group of scholars. Its incisive and varied contributions stand as a testament to the breadth and impact of Wengert's scholarship."

Anna Marie Johnson, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

List of Contributors (Alphabetical, with Author Bios)


Preface Luka Ilić and Martin J. Lohrmann

Introduction Paul Rorem, "Timothy J. Wengert's Scholarship for theChurch"

Part 1: Luther, Melanchthon, and Reformation ColleaguesTheodor Dieter, "Martin Luther's Tractatus de indulgentiis: A Commentary on an Unknown Text"

Irene Dingel, "Freedom and Responsibility: Luther's ReformationalThinking in his Treatises of 1520 and Their Significance for Today"

Scott Hendrix, "Phillip Melanchthon (1497-1560) and Urbanus Rhegius(1489-1541)"

Amy Nelson Burnett, "What the Fathers Thought: Melanchthon andOecolampadius on the Eucharist"

Robert Kolb, "Joachim Mörlin, Architect of Concordist Theology"

Hans Wiersma, "Albert Hardenberg, Melanchthon, and the 'OpenlyHostile' Preachers of Bremen: A Cautionary Tale."

Part 2: Reading and Interpreting Texts in the Reformation

Volker Leppin, "The Lectures on Judges: A Witness to Transitions in the Reformation Movement in Wittenberg"

Erik Herrmann, "Luther, the Genitive, and the Gospel"

Richard A. Muller, "Foreknowledge and the Divine Counsel in Calvin'sExegesis of Acts 2:23 and 4:48"

Derek Cooper, "Sam, Sham, or Satan? Reformation Readings of 1 Samuel28"

Ulrich Bubenheimer, "Chronology from World Creation up to Luther'sTime: An Unknown Single-Sheet Print by Melanchthon (1521) and aFragmentary Letter from Luther to Melanchthon (1540 or 1541)"

Stefan Rhein, "Melanchthon's Historiae: A Study of Its Sources"

Part 3: Forming the Faith

Mickey L. Mattox, "Ever at Rest: Martin Luther's Sabbatarianism"

Mark D. Tranvik, "Diluting Luther: Baptism in Sixteenth-CenturyCatechisms"

Mary Jane Haemig, "Henry Melchior Muhlenberg's Catechetical Efforts inColonial America, 1742-1752"

Martin J. Lohrmann, "Faith and Love in Luther's Small Catechism"

Kirsi Stjerna, "Courage to Believe"

Gordon Lathrop, "A Lutheran Visits La Sagrada Família: FurtherReflections on the Marks of the Church"

Bibliography of Timothy J. Wengert's Works, 1983-2020