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This is a selected list of works by and about Martin Luther, the German theologian. The emphasis is on English language materials.

Works by Luther[edit]


Chronological catalog of Luther's life events, letters, and works with citations, 478 pages, 5.45 MB

Earliest editions[edit]

Wittenberg edition[edit]

Nineteen volumes published between 1539-1558. Twelve volumes of German and seven volumes of Latin works.

Jena edition[edit]

Thirteen volumes published between 1555-1558. Eight volumes of German and four of Latin works. Two supplementary volumes were published at Eisleben, 1564-1565.

  • Volume 1 1556, Christians Rhodius
  • Volume 2.
  • Volume 3.
  • Volume 4 1557, Christians Rhodius

Collected works in German[edit]

  • D. Martin Luthers Werke, Kritische Gesamtausgabe. 70 vols. Weimar: Verlag Hermann Böhlaus Nachfolger, 1883-.

Translated collected works[edit]

  • Lull, Timothy. Martin Luther Basic Theological Writings. Fortress Press 3rd edition 2012.
  • The Works of Martin Luther. 6 vol. Ed. and trans. by Adolph Spaeth, L. D. Reed, Henry Eyster Jacobs, et al. Philadelphia: A. J. Holman Company. 1915.CS1 maint: others (link)
  • Select works Vol. II, tr. Henry Cole. London: W. Simkin and R. Marshall, 1826.
  • Select works Vol. III, tr. Henry Cole. London: W. Simkin and R. Marshall, 1826.
  • Martin Luther's Writings (Largest Online English Luther Library)
  • Luther, Martin. Luther's Works. 55 Volumes. Various translators. St. Louis, Minneapolis: Concordia Publishing House, Fortress Press, 1957-1986.

Luther's German Bible translation[edit]

Letters in German[edit]

Letters in English[edit]

English works[edit]

Original works online[edit]





Table talk[edit]

Small and Large Catechism[edit]

  • "The Large Catechism." Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions: A Reader's Edition of the Book of Concord. Tr. W. H. T. Dau and G. F. Bente. Rev. and Updated by P. T. McCain, R. C. Baker, G. E. Veith and E. A. Engelbrecht. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005, 375-470.
  • Triglot Concordia. tr. and ed. F. Bente and W. H.T. Dau. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1921.
  • "Enchiridion: The Small Catechism." Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions: A Reader's Edition of the Book of Concord. Tr. W. H. T. Dau and G. F. Bente. Rev. and Updated by P. T. McCain, R. C. Baker, G. E. Veith and E. A. Engelbrecht. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005, 333-374.
  • Triglot Concordia. tr. and ed. F. Bente and W. H.T. Dau. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1921.

Smalcald articles[edit]

  • "The Smalcald Articles." Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions: A Reader's Edition of the Book of Concord. Tr. W. H. T. Dau and G. F. Bente. Rev. and Updated by P. T. McCain, R. C. Baker, G. E. Veith and E. A. Engelbrecht. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005, 279-313.
  1. Triglot Concordia. Tr. and ed. W. H. T. Dau and G. F. Bente. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1921.

Works about Luther[edit]

Books and articles[edit]

Green.Lowell C. How Melanchthon Helped Luther Discover the Gospel by  Attic Press 1980

  • Gretzschez, Matthias (2016). Martin Luther and His Places of Work. Hamburg: Ellert and Richter Verlag.
  • Haile, Harry Gerald (1980). Luther: An Experiment in Biography. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company. ISBN 0-385-15960-9.
  • Hamm, Brent (2017). The Early Luther. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Harline Craig World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation Oxford University Press 2017

  • Hendrix, Scott H. (1981). Luther and the Papacy. Philadelphia: Fortress Press. ISBN 0-8006-0658-2.
  • Hendrix, Scott H. (2009). Luther. Abingdon Pillars of Theology. Nashville: Abingdon Press. ISBN 978-0-687-65641-7.
  • Hendrix, Scott H. (2007). "Martin Luther, Reformer". The Cambridge History of Christianity. 6: Reform and Expansion 1500-1600. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 3–19. ISBN 978-0-521-81162-0.
  • Hillerbrand, Hans J. (2007). "Martin Luther". Encyclopædia Britannica. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
  • Holborn, Louise W. (June 1942). "Printing and the Growth of a Protestant Movement in Germany from 1517 to 1524". Church History. 11 (2).
  • Kaufmann, Thomas (2016). A Short Life of Martin Luther. Translated by Krey, Peter D. S.; Bratt, James D. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. ISBN 978-0-8028-7153-4.
  • Kittelson, James M. (2016). Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career (Second ed.). Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House. ISBN 0-8066-2240-7.
  • Kolb, Robert (2000). Martin Luther As Prophet, Teacher, Hero: Images of the Reformer, 1520-1620. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House. ISBN 0-8010-2214-2.
  • Kostlin, Julius (1883). The Life of Martin Luther. Philadelphia: Lutheran Publication Society. Reissued in modern English by Vision Press (2017).
  • Lindsay, Thomas M. (1970) [1900]. Luther and the German Reformation. Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries. ISBN 978-0-8369-5556-9.
  • Loewen, Harry (2015). Ink Against the Devil. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
  • Lohse, Bernard (1997). Martin Luther: An Introduction To His Life And Thought. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark.
  • Lovy, René-Jacques (1983). Luther. Quadrige, 49 (in French) (2e ed.). Paris: Presses universitaires de France.
  • Lull, Timothy F.; Nelson, Derek R. (2015). Resilient Reformer: The Life And Thought Of Martin Luther. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • MacCulloch, Diarmaid (2003). The Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700. London: BBC Books. ISBN 0-7139-9370-7.
  • Malessa, Andreas (2017). The Unreformed Luther. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications. (originally published in German as Hier stehe ich, es war ganz anders (2015) by SCM-Verlag)
  • Manns, Richard (1982). Martin Luther: An Illustrated Biography. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company. ISBN 0-8245-0510-7.
  • Mansch, Larry; Peters, Curtis (2003). Martin Luther: The Life and Lessons. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company.
  • Marius, Richard (1999). Martin Luther: The Christian between God and Death. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-8245-0510-7.
  • Markwald, Rudolf K.; Markwald, Marilynn Morris (2002). Katharina Von Bora: A Reformation Life. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House. ISBN 978-0-7586-0000-4.
  • Marty, Martin (2008) [2004]. Martin Luther: A Life. Penguin lives. New York: Penguin Group. ISBN 0-670-03272-7.
  • McGoldrick, James Edward (1979). Luther's English Connection: the Reformation Thought of Robert Barnes and [of] William Tyndale. Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House. ISBN 0-8100-0070-9.
  • McKim, Donald K., ed. (2003). The Cambridge Companion to Martin Luther. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Michael, Robert (2006). Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Meggs, Philip B. (1998). A History of Graphic Design. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Metaxes, Eric (2017). Martin Luther. New York: Viking Press.; reviewer states, "Luther portrayed here is a hero cast in a Whiggish mold, a titanic figure who single-handedly slays the dragon of the Dark Ages, rescues God from an interpretive dungeon, invents individual freedom and ushers in modernity."[1]
  • Montgomery, John Warwick (1970). In Defense of Martin Luther: Essays. Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House.
  • Nettl, Paul. Luther and Music. Trans. by Frida Best and Ralph Wood. New York: Russell & Russell, 1967, cop. 1948. vii, 174 p.
  • Noble, Graham. "Martin Luther and German anti-Semitism," History Review (2002) No. 42:1-2.
  • Nohl, Frederick. Luther: Biography of a Reformer. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2003. ISBN 0-7586-0651-6
  • Oberman, Heiko A. Luther: Man Between God and the Devil. New York: Doubleday, 1989. ISBN 0-385-42278-4
  • Oberman, Heiko A. The Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Age of Renaissance and Reformation.
  • James I. Porter, trans. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984. ISBN 0-8006-0709-0
  • Pettegree, Andrew. Brand Luther. New York: Penguin Books 2015. 379p
  • Plass, Ewald M. This Is Luther: A Character Study. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1948 [Reprint, 1984]. ISBN 0-570-03942-8.
  • Plass, Ewald M. "Monasticism," in What Luther Says: An Anthology. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1959, 2:964.
  • Polack, W.G. The Story of Luther. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1931.
  • Reston, James. Luther's Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege. 2015 New York:Basic Books. 255p
  • Reu, John Michael. Luther and the Scriptures. Columbus, Ohio: The Wartburg Press, 1944. [Reprint: St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1980].
  • Reu, John Michael. Luther's German Bible: An Historical Presentation Together with a Collection of Sources. Columbus, Ohio: The Lutheran Book Concern, 1934. [Reprint: St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1984].
  • Ritter, Gerhard. Luther: His Life and Work. John Riches, trans. New York: Harper & Row, 1963. ISBN 0-313-20347-4.
  • Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church. 8 vols. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
  • Schreiber, Clara Seuel. Katherine, Wife of Luther. Pbk. ed. Milwaukee, Wis.: Northwestern Publishing House, 1972. N.B.: Biogrqaphy of Katharina Luther (née von Bora).
  • Schuetze, Armin. Martin Luther: Reformer. Milwaukee, Northwestern Publishing House 2nd.Edition 2005
  • Schwiebert, E.G. Luther and His Times. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1950. ISBN 0-570-03246-6.
  • Scribner, Robert W. For the Sake of Simple Folk: Popular Propaganda for the German Reformation Cambridge University Press, 1981.
  • Selderhuis, Herman. Martin Luther. Crossway 2017.
  • Siemon-Netto, Uwe. The Fabricated Luther: the Rise and Fall of the Shirer Myth. Peter L. Berger, Foreword. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1995. ISBN 0-570-04800-1.
  • Smith, Preserved.
  • Spaeth, Adolph. An Original Account of Luther's death, Recently Discovered in the Krauth Memorial Library, Mount Airy, [reprint from The Lutheran church review, v. 29, no. 2, pp. 313–325] (1910) [2]
  • Stanford, Peter. Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident. Hodder 2017. ISBN 978-1-473-62167-1
  • Steinmetz David. Luther In Context. Baker Academic. Revised Edition 2002
  • Stöhr, Martin. "Die Juden und Martin Luther," in Kremers, Heinz et al. (eds.) Martin Luther und die Juden; die Juden und Martin Luther. Neukirchener publishing house, Neukirchen Vluyn 1985, 1987 (2. Edition). p. 90.
  • Swihart, Altman K. Luther and the Lutheran Church, 1483-1960. New York: Philosophical Library, 1960.
  • Tjernagel, Neelak S. Martin Luther and the Jewish People. Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 1985. ISBN 0-8100-0213-2
  • Todd, John M. Luther: A Life. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1982. ISBN 0-8245-0479-8 (Also at [3])
  • Triglot Concordia. Tr. and ed. W. H. T. Dau and G. F. Bente. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1921.



  • 1953: Martin Luther, theatrical film, with Niall MacGinnis as Luther; directed by Irving Pichel. Academy Award nominations for black & white cinematography and art/set direction. Re-released in 2002 on DVD in 4 languages.
  • 1974: Luther, theatrical film (MPAA rating: PG), with Stacy Keach as Luther. Adapted from John Osborne's play.
  • 1981: Where Luther Walked, documentary featuring Roland Bainton as guide and narrator, directed by Ray Christensen (VHS released in 1992), ISBN 1-56364-012-0
  • 1983: Martin Luther: Heretic, TV presentation with Jonathan Pryce as Luther, directed by Norman Stone.
  • 1983: Martin Luther: An Eye on Augsburg, a film funded by the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod with Rev. Robert Clausen as Luther.
  • 2001: Opening the Door to Luther, travelogue hosted by Rick Steves. Sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • 2002: Martin Luther, a historical film from the Lion TV/PBS Empires series, with Timothy West as Luther, narrated by Liam Neeson and directed by Cassian Harrison.
  • 2003: Luther, theatrical release (MPAA rating: PG-13), with Joseph Fiennes as Luther and directed by Eric Till. Partially funded by American and German Lutheran groups.


  • Dickens, A. G., and John M. Tonkin. The Reformation in Historical Thought (Harvard University Press,. 1985) 443 pp. excerpt
  • Gassmann, Günther, and Mark W. Oldenburg. Historical dictionary of Lutheranism (Scarecrow Press, 2011).
  • Landry, Stan Michael. That all may be one? Church unity, Luther memory, and ideas of the German nation, 1817–1883 (PhD dissertation, University of Arizona, 2010) online. bibliography pp 242-66.
  • Lehmann, Hartmut. Martin Luther in the American imagination (W. Fink, 1988).
  • * Scribner, Robert W. "Incombustible Luther: the image of the reformer in early modern Germany." Past & Present 110 (1986): 38-68. online
  • Stayer, James M. Martin Luther, German saviour: German evangelical theological factions and the interpretation of Luther, 1917-1933 (McGill-Queen's Press-MQUP, 2000).
  • Tracy, James D., ed. Luther and the modern state in Germany (Truman State University Press, 1986).
  • Wallman, Johannes. "The Reception of Luther's Writings on the Jews from the Reformation to the End of the 19th Century". Lutheran Quarterly 1 (Spring 1987): 72-97.
  • Zeeden, E.W. The Legacy of Luther: Martin Luther and the Reformation in the Estimation of the German Lutherans from Luther's Death to the Beginning of the Age of Goethe (London: Hollis and Carter, 1954).


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Online information on Luther and his work[edit]

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