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Luther's Theology of the Cross: Martin Luther's Theological Breakthrough, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-99597-5
264 pages
March 2011, Wiley-Blackwell


Luther's Theology of the Cross represents a fully revised and updated edition of the classic 1985 text that expands on the author's ongoing research and reflects 25 years of Luther scholarship.
  • Rewritten and expanded edition of a highly-acclaimed classic text
  • Incorporates primary and secondary sources that have become available since the publication of the first edition
  • Draws on advances in our understanding of the late medieval intellectual, cultural, and religious background of Luther's early development, and the nature of Luther's doctrine of justification (including the so-called 'Finnish' school), many of which have not yet been incorporated into Luther scholarship
  • Luther's 'theological breakthrough' continues to be of central importance to Reformation Studies and the development of Protestantism
  • Written by one of the world's leading Protestant theologians, who is an authority on the development of the doctrine of justification. His classic work Iustitia Dei: A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification is now in its third edition (2005)
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Table of Contents


Part I: The Background: Luther as a Late Medieval Theologian, 1509-14:.

1. The Dawn of the Reformation at Wittenberg.

2. Headwaters of the Reformation at Wittenberg.

3. Luther as a Late Medieval Theologian.

Part II: The Breakthrough: Luther in Transition, 1514-19:.

4. Mira et nova diffinitio inustitiae: Luther's Discovery of the Righteousness of God.

5. Crux sola est nostra theologia: The Emergence of the Theology of the Cross, 1514-19.

6. The Origins and Significance of the Theology of the Cross.

Select Bibliography.

Glossary of Theological Terms.


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Author Information

Alister E. McGrath is Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University.

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"McGrath has made a major contribution to this problem of Luther studies by his learned, lucid and informative book." Journal of Theological Studies.

"It is refreshing to turn to Alister McGrath's study, Luther's Theology of the Cross, and to see how a work which is uncompromisingly theological in its focus can be rigorously historical throughout ... a work of impressive scholarship distinguished at the same time by a clarity of expression all too rare in books of this kind ... McGrath's magisterial study ... brings the most traditional of themes into fresh historical focus." Journal of Ecclesiastical History.

"A study of the first rank." Choice.

"Is a major study of Luther's theology, and ought to be consulted by everyone teaching the Reformation, and by Luther scholars in particular. An impressive achievement at the level of theological sophistication that has established McGrath as one of the pre-eminent Luther scolars. Its arguments are very tight and it displays a complete mastery of Luther scholarship." Journal of Religious History.

"The first edition of this book was an excellent guide to Luther's breakthrough to a theology of the cross. This new fuller and updated edition is to be greatly welcomed."
Tony Lane, London School of Theology

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