The Year 2017 has brought along a lot negative and some positive elements so far, yet a high point in 2017 is that this year is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31st 1517 Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Abby, the spark which began a reformation, a reformation which is still going on today. In the new book Martin Luther and the Enduring Word of God
The Wittenberg School and Its Scripture-Centered Proclamation authored by Robert Kolb, he digs deep into the life and the roles of Luther and the entire Wittenberg School and their view of how the Gospel is proclaimed.
In Kolb’s Work he takes a new approach to the study of Luther by expanding it to the academy. While Kolb does not completely ignore a detailed biographical approach on the life of Luther but instead he expands it to those who Luther directly affected, which is a welcomed relief to a saturated market on biographies on Martin Luther. With this in mind, Kolb begins with the early life of Luther and his theological background to give the reader the presuppositions in Luther’s worldview that he viewed scripture through.
After delving into his past Kolb concentrates on three different roles which Luther held in his life in so much as they affected the proclamation of the Gospel, which are his roles as professor, preacher, and translator. An overlooked role which was not mentioned in the work was that of husband, but since that role did not directly affect the academy it makes sense that Kolb glosses over it. In each of these roles Luther held the Word of God above all else. He not only taught Sola Scriptura, he embodied it, in his life, teaching and translating.
Kolb further skillfully expounds upon this thesis by demonstrating how Luther’s view of Sola Scriptura not only impacted his life but the lives of all the people whom he influenced. Which were not only people whom Luther taught with, taught to, or preached at, but also anyone who hears of his life, reads his works, or who believes in the foundational doctrine of Sola Sciptura.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Baker Academic Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Martin Luther and the Enduring Word of God: The Wittenberg School and It’s Scripture-Centered Proclamation
2016 by Robert Kolb
Publisher: Baker Academic Publishing
Page Count: 528 Pages
Publishers’ Website: http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/