Luther Man Between God and the Devil Heiko A. Oberman, Eileen Walliser-Schwarzbart

Publication date:
20 Apr 2006
Yale University Press
400 pages: 210 x 140mm

"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

“A brilliant account of [Martin] Luther’s evolution as a man, a thinker, and a Christian. . . . Every person interested in Christianity should put this on his or her reading list.”—Lawrence Cunningham, Commonweal

Written by one of the world’s greatest authorities on Martin Luther, this is the definitive biography of the central figure of the Protestant Reformation. The book portrays the controversial reformer in the context of his own time, analyzing his state of mind and describing his world more closely than has ever been done before.

The late Heiko A. Oberman was professor of medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation history at the University of Arizona.

'The late Heiko Oberman was a formidable Reformation scholar and Luther's biography, originally published 24 years ago, makes a welcome reappearance in paperback. ... This is a better account of the 16th-century Luther than of his legacy. The author presents us with a man who saw this world as a battlefield over which God and the devil fought. That is the arena we must enter if we want to understand the man who helped shape our modern world.' - Derek Wilson,