Volume 4 of The Annotated Luther series presents an array of Luther’s writings related to pastoral work. Luther’s famous Invocavit Sermons and other selected sermons show a forthright and lively preacher. Hymn texts reveal Luther’s grasp of hymnody as a tool for conveying and expressing faith. His Small Catechism as well as several pieces on prayer, including his Personal Prayer Book and A Simple Way to Pray, show his engagement in the basic task of teaching the faith. Luther’s prefaces to his own writings contain personal reflections on his reforming work. Also in this volume are his commentary on The Magnificat. Selected letters, and shorter pieces that display his pastoral responses to particular situations: Sermon on Preparing to Die, Whether One May Flee from a Deadly Plague, and Comfort for Women Who Have Had a Miscarriage.
Each volume in The Annotated Luther series contains new introductions, annotations, illustrations, and notes to help shed light on Luther’s context and interpret his writings for today. The translations of Luther’s writings include updates of Luther’s Works, American Edition or entirely new translations of Luther’s German or Latin writings.
- Publisher Fortress Press
- ISBN 9781451462722
- Brand Annotated Luther
- Format Hardcover
- Dimensions 7.5 x 9.25
- Pages 384
- Publication Date August 1, 2016
Introduction to Volume 4
Part I: Sermon and Song
1. The Invocavit Sermons, 1522—Martin J. Lohrmann
2. Selected Sermons—Mary Jane Haemig
3. Selected Hymns—Dorothea Wendebourg
Part II: Teaching and Prayer
4. A Sermon on Prayer and Procession during Rogation Days, 1519—Mary Jane Haemig
5. Little Prayer Book, 1522—Mary Jane Haemig
6. The Small Catechism, 1529—Timothy J. Wengert
7. A Simple Way to Pray, 1535—Eric Lund
Part III: Pastoral Care and Consolation
8. A Sermon on Preparing to Die, 1519—Anna Marie Johnson
9. Magnificat, 1521—Beth Kreitzer
10. Whether One May Flee from a Deadly Plague, 1527—Anna Marie Johnson
11. That Christians Should Bear Their Cross with Patience, 1530—Ken Sundet Jones and Mark C. Mattes
12. Consolation for Women Whose Pregnancies Have Not Gone Well, 1542—Kristen E. Kvam
13. Selected Letters—John A. Maxfield
Part IV: Reflections on Reform
14. Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of Luther’s German Writings, 1539—Erik H. Herrmann
15. Preface to the Latin Works, 1545—Robert Kolb
"The Annotated Luther series represents a finely crafted synthesis between readable primary texts and some of the best secondary scholarship. A superb editorial team, under the leadership of Hillerbrand, Stjerna, and Wengert, has made seventy-five selections, ranging from major treatises to sermons and letters, and beautifully laid these out in six volumes, together with state-of-the-art analyses and explanatory notes. Luther the theologian, the biblical interpreter, the pastor, the social/political thinker—all are given their due, and the resulting multidimensional portrait combines balance with a newly sharpened focus. In sum, a signal achievement."
Denis R. Janz
Loyola University New Orleans
"The Annotated Luther series provides a very welcome resource for meeting Luther again in the contemporary world. With language refreshed for our time, we can see more clearly Luther as a man who is actively grappling with a society undergoing dramatic challenges economically, religiously, and socially. By providing skilled commentary from scholars around the world and from diverse theological perspectives, this work will be of great help for modern Christians seeking to adapt and extend the insights from the Reformation to modern challenges."
Maria E. Erling
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
"As no other comparable series, The Annotated Luther provides the reader, whether lay or ordained, with a collection of the Wittenberg reformer's most important writings that is at once learned and highly accessible. Here Luther's works are presented in up-to-date translation with helpful introductions, explanatory notes, and engaging images. A must for the student and scholar of Luther alike!"
Ronald K. Rittgers
"This exciting Annotated Luther series from Fortress Press comes out at a very important moment. Lutherans worldwide anticipate the commemoration of five hundred years of the reformation in 2017. I just came from a conference of Asian Lutheran theologians where various Luther reception processes have been established to cater for Sunday school children to seminary professors. In many parts of the global south where the churches are growing, there is growing desire to encounter the reformer in as direct ways as is possible. The Annotated Luther series will facilitate easy access to Luther, especially for those who could not do so in the German or Latin. This will be a great resource likely to be translated into many vernacular languages."
The Lutheran World Federation