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Encounters with Luther


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Kirsi I. Stjerna is First Lutheran, Los Angeles/Southwest California Synod Professor of Lutheran History and Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and is Docent in the Theological Faculty at the University of Helsinki. She is an internationally recognized scholar of the Reformation and Luther. Among her many writings are Martin Luther, the Bible, and the Jewish People, with Brooks Schramm, and Women and the Reformation. Brooks Schramm is Kraft Professor of Biblical Studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and Editor of the Seminary Ridge Review. He is the author of Martin Luther, the Bible, and the Jewish People, with Kirsi I. Stjerna, and The Opponents of Third Isaiah: Reconstructing the Cultic History of the Restoration.


"Since 1970 the annual Luther colloquy at Gettysburg Seminary has provided a unique forum for discussing Martin Luther's theology and its value for contemporary thought. These essays, based on presentations at the colloquies by a notable array of scholars, enable a larger audience to benefit from a rich sample of Luther's depth and relevance."
--Scott H. Hendrix, Professor Emeritus of Reformation History and Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

"As we approach the Luther quincentenary in 2017, scholars will be hoping for more substantive engagements with the thought of Martin Luther than such commemorations sometimes yield. This volume will meet or exceed our hopes. It brings together the most creative and thoughtful Luther scholars of the present age, theologians, biblical scholars, historians, and ethicists: this is just the kind of team needed to do justice to Luther's enormous and complex legacy."
--Euan K. Cameron, Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

"The claims in these pages are as bold for our context as Luther's claims were for his. If you are curious about the relationship between Lutheranism and a public church, read this book and encounter Luther anew. Many of these chapters will be required reading in my Preaching Public Issues course."
--Shauna K. Hannan, Associate Professor of Homiletics, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; Core Doctoral Faculty, Graduate Theological Union

"This collection of essays is intended to provoke further thought and research on Luther and Luther's ongoing legacy. It succeeds by assembling an international and ecumenical group of highly accomplished scholars who address a broad spectrum of topics with an eclectic variety of approaches, some traditional, others unexpected, but all engaging. Anyone interested in Luther will find in this book a deeply stimulating resource and a compelling case for the Reformer's contemporary significance."
--Kenneth G. Appold, James Hastings Nichols Professor of Reformation History, Princeton Theological Seminary

"When helping readers encounter Luther, the voices assembled in this provocative volume sometimes counter him, and other times count on him. Luther appears here as one who cannot be discounted in the search for theological and ecumenical insight for the next decades of church life."
--Derek R. Nelson, Associate Professor of Religion, Wabash College

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