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Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Biography - Theologian, Christian Man for His Times [Paperback]

Eberhard Bethge
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1 April 1999
The authoritative biography of Bonhoeffer -- theologian, Christian, man for his times.

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  • Paperback: 1048 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress; Rev. Ed. / edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800628446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800628444
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 6.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 8 April 2013
By Pepe
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This huge tome is defiantly a challenge to get through, but worth the effort. Eberhard Bethge had knowledge that is unsurpassed by any other person who has written on the subject. If you just want a brief outline of the subject, this book is not the one you want, for that I would recommend Mextas. If you truly want to understand Bonhoeffer and gain insights to his theology then this is the answer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huge - simply huge 10 July 2012
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This is THE Bonhoeffer biography. But be prepared to have to invest many hours! It's worth it's weight if you are after a biography of Bonhoeffer from one who knew him. Bon hoeffer isn't painted to be a saint, and it's of a length useful for academic work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Testament to Excellence 2 May 2000
By Daniel Dropko - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now I know Bonhoeffer 1 April 2000
By Nathan Solomon - Published on Amazon.com
In this work, Bonhoeffer's student and friend brought me closer to Bonhoeffer than I thought possible. Previously, I had thought Letters and Papers From Prison was as close as I could get to understanding the "religionless" Christian -I was wrong. Bethge's opus gives an incisive look into the formation of Bonhoeffer the man and the theologian which sheds more light on his Christian fortitude in the Nazi tempest. I whole-heartedly recommend this work for it has been an inspiration to me as a human being as well as a student of theology
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic -- Bethge is indispensable 18 April 2000
By Clifford Green - Published on Amazon.com
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bonhoeffer: Man For His Times & Ours 7 July 2005
By Daniel Pierson - Published on Amazon.com
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Bonhoeffer Biography 27 Mar 2006
By Benjamin T. Griffin - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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