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Luther: Man Between God and the Devil Paperback – 1 Jan 2000

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'The late Heiko Oberman was a formidable Reformation scholar and Luther's biography...makes a welcome re-appearance in paperback.' -- Derek Wilson, BBC History Magazine, August 2006 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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“When Martin Luther challenged the ruling powers of his time, the movement he initiated changed the social, political, intellectual and religious structures of western history. But what did Luther intend, and what did he actually accomplish? Heiko Oberman, internationally recognised as one of the most distinguished historians of the Reformation, addresses these questions in this readable book. Presenting a vivid portrait of a man too often portrayed as a saint or a devil, Oberman shows how Luther – passionate, courageous and stubborn – simultaneously aroused fierce loyalty in his admirers and violent antagonism among his enemies.
ELAINE PAGELS

“Oberman rivets attention on Luther as he was. He prods the reader to set aside views mediated by tradition and prejudice. Yet, paradoxically, by locking Luther in the past and showing us our distance from him, he unlocks a truer Luther for the present; Luther’s passionate commitment and dynamism are freshly provocative. Oberman’s hallmark is to combine rigorous historical scholarship with theological sensitivity. The book is a milestone in Reformation studies.”
SUSAN MOORE, 'Scotsman'

“Oberman makes such good sense of the man that all other attempts to explain him, as a maniac, or a martyr to constipation, or as a saint, seem trivial by comparison.”
ERIC CHRISTIANSEN, 'Spectator'

“This remarkable study, combining learning, realism, and literary adroitness, brings us close to Luther. Above all, it conveys Luther’s power: the intensity of his faith, the coherence of his thought, the force of his personality.”
NEW YORKER

“This magnificent biography…is teeming with ideas and is altogether worthy of its great, gutsy subject.”
HARRY REID, 'Glasgow Herald'

“If the world is to gain from Luther it must turn to the real Luther – furious, violent foul-mouthed, passionately concerned. Him it will find in Oberman’s book, a labour of love.”
GEOFFREY ELTON, 'Journal of Ecclesiasical History'

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Feb. 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Sept. 2016
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A great and easy read!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Luther 27 Mar. 2016
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Outstanding biography!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Mar. 2015
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Best biography I have ever read on Luther. Tremendous documentation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Luther in context with his times 15 Jan. 2006
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Looking from the distance of time we see little of the details surrounding Luther. Oberman takes us to the 16th century and from that perspective he gives the reader a chance to grapple with the same world Luther lived in. A world where his manner, personality and lingustic hyperboyle is not out of sync as it appears to our 21st century eyes.

As unbiased and factual as any book written on the man. A must for anyone who has any interest in knowing Luther.
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