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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther, ed. Derek R. Nelson and Paul R. Hinlicky
(eBook, available to read online)
This is, understandably, the year for Luther dictionaries and encyclopedias. The Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions, ed. Wengert, is on order, and the Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation, ed. Lamport, under consideration. But The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther, ed. Nelson and Hinlicky, is available now for consultation. Though an important Luther-Lexikon appeared in 2014, these are the first multi-authored such works of reference in English since 1965. The 125 entries in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther are authored by Reformation-studies specialists from around the world, so their bibliographies are happily multi-lingual. The editors tend to subsume narrower topics under broader themes. Thus there is no entry on "Ein Feste Burg", but only the "Music, Poetry, and Hymns" sector of the two-part entry on the "Arts." "Intentionally forward-looking in approach," the Encyclopedia concentrates on the importance of established knowledge for the future of Luther studies.