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The Two Reformations: The Journey from the Last Days to the New World Hardcover – June 10, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0300098686 ISBN-10: 0300098685
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"Oberman is bracing, fresh, and daring. In this book he continued his lifelong assault upon modern complacency and our overweening sense of superiority to the past." H. C. Erik Midelfort, University of Virginia

About the Author

The late Heiko A. Oberman, one of the twentieth century's great historians of the Reformation, was at the time of his death Regents' Professor of History at the University of Arizona. He was the author of many books, including the definitive biography of Martin Luther, Luther: Man Between God and the Devil. Donald Weinstein is professor emeritus of the Department of History at the University of Arizona.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (June 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300098685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300098686
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yelena mazour-matusevich on September 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have read this book a couple of years ago and it made a very deep impression on me. It is a small, easy to read and passionate volume. I find Oberman's ideas concerning Luther and Calvin refreshing, original and convincing. I suspected as much but lacked erudition and preparation to argue for 2 Reformations. When I read Heiko's book it was a moment of recognition and joy. I highly recommend it.
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Format: Hardcover
This volume contains some of the last pieces of scholarship penned by distinguished historian Heiko Oberman. According to the editor's preface Oberman worked at a feverish pace as death drew near. Ultimately he died before it was wholly completed. Even still, this volume consists of several original opinions; it does not disappoint. The Two Reformations treated here relate to the differences in Martin Luther's work in Germany and John Calvin's labors in Geneva. These are some final reflections on topics to which he had devoted attention and had developed in earlier published papers and volumes. Oberman possessed a masterly control of the original sources, and if his vigorous engagements with contemporary Reformation scholars demonstrate anything, they suggest the existence of inadequacies in the scholarship of so-called Reformation historians. All that he avers is not true though. And at times he seems a bit detached from reality when writing of how modern churchmen have interpreted Reformation writings. Although he appoints Luther to a primary place in Reformation studies, Calvin is believed to be the foremost Protestant in the movement. Chapter one is an essay on the 'The Gathering Storm', piecing together the disparate parts of the Middle Ages that are needed to move forward into the Renaissance era. The Reformation cannot be understood apart from some basic knowledge of scholastic events. In chapter two 'Luther and the Via Moderna'(pp.21-43) Luther is portrayed as the centrist: Erasmus to his left (holding more liberal theological positions) and Calvin to his right (holding more conservative theological positions). Chapters 2,3 and 4 cover vast amounts of info in the life of Martin Luther, even demonstrating the close attention he gave to the belief that the end of the age was near.Read more ›
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