Luther’s Journey with Paul: For Further Reading

by Dr. Erik Herrmann

Books on Luther and Paul, or on the history of Pauline interpretation, are often quite technical (and often in German). However, here are a few possibilities for further reading that are relatively accessible and provide broader background for the topics touched on in my story.

To locate these books, check with your local public library, the publisher’s Web site, or your local college, university, or seminary library. Many times, popular online booksellers’ Web sites also have these books available. Your church or school library may also have some of these books.

  • Maurice Wiles, The Divine Apostle: The Interpretation of St. Paul’s Epistles in the Early Church. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1967.
  • Stephen Westerholm. Perspectives Old and New on Paul: The “Lutheran” Paul and His Critics. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.
  • Jarsolav Pelikan, Luther the Expositor: Introduction to the Reformer’s Exegetical Writings, Luther’s Works, companion volume. St. Louis: CPH: 1959.
  • Uuras Saarnivaara, Luther Discovers the Gospel. St. Louis: CPH, 2005.
  • James Kittelson, Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career. Minneapolis: Augsburg: 1986.
  • Lewis Spitz, The Protestant Reformation 1517–1559. St. Louis: CPH, 2001.


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