By almost any reckoning, the Ninety-Five Theses
ranks as the most important text of the Reformation, if not in
substance at least in impact. As the anniversary of their posting on the
church door in Wittenberg approaches, what better way to remember and
recognize the occasion than to make this important text more easily
understood by twenty-first-century readers?
Timothy J. Wengert, one of the best-know interpreters of Luther and Lutheranism active today, sets his newly translated Ninety-Five Theses
in its historical context with a detailed introduction and illuminating
study notes. To help the reader understand the context and the import
of the Ninety-Five Theses more deeply, Wengert provides two more related and essential documents: Luther's Letter to Archbishop Albrecht of Mainz (to which he appended a copy of the Theses) and Luther's 1518 Sermon on Indulgences and Grace (written to inform the German-speaking public of his view of indulgences).
book is simply constructed with introductions and notes for each of the
writings, as well as a study guide with questions for individual or
group reflection and conversation.