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LUTHERAN QUARTERLY Volume 30 (2016): 212–247


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Johannes Bugenhagen is the third man of the Wittenberg Reformation, far less familiar to most people than Martin Luther or Philipp Melanchthon. Yet Bugenhagen was an influential reformer in his own right, influencing the shape of Lutheranism not only through his theological and pastoral works but also through his church ordinances, which institutionalized the Lutheran Reformation throughout northern Germany. As pastor of Wittenberg’s parish church, he was Luther’s spiritual advisor, while as a member of the theology faculty he helped train a generation of Lutheran pastors. Kurt Hendel, the Bernard, Fisher, Westburg Distinguished Professor of Reformation History at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, has translated a selection of works by Bugenhagen in order to introduce Luther’s close friend to an English-speaking audience. His endeavors are certainly to be welcomed, even if the volumes themselves could have benefited from a stronger editorial presence. ... The Selected Writings is the easiest way for English-speaking readers to become acquainted with the career and thought of this influential Wittenberg reformer.