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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY Book Analysis - Katharina & Martin Submitted to Dr. Dave Pederson, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of the course CHHI 525-B01 History of Christianity II by Jerold Cuving February 2, 2020
Table of Contents Introduction ................................................................................................................................ 3 Summary .................................................................................................................................... 3 Critical Interaction .................................................................................................................... 4 Conclusion .................................................................................................................................. 5 Bibliography ............................................................................................................................... 7
Introduction Michelle DeRusha is the author of the biographical memoir Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and Renegade Monk . The life and marriage of Katharina and Martin is an intriguing and maybe even scandalous story of that time that revolutionizes how we view marriage and union today. This book details about the life of these two extraordinary people that have come together to form a perfect model of union and marriage in Christian history that gives insight on the impact of their relationship towards the institution of marriage. One can definitely take away lessons from this book to what is seemingly the perfect model of union for all of us to learn. Summary The memoir starts out with the historical account of the life of Katharina von Bora as a nun before her marriage to Martin Luther. The following passages then describes the life of Martin Luther as a monk before his marriage to Katharina von Bora, which then would change Katharina's name to Katharina Luther. The main passages of the book dives into what brought both of these reformers together in unity and dives even deeper into their marriage. Their marriage during that time was a defiance to religious structure and institutions during that time. It was understood at that time that men and women who took on the religious vow of the monastic lifestyle were required to live a life of obedience, celibacy and in dedication to the work of the LORD. From Katharina's writings, there seems to be only eight letters that are in existence that

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