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Timeline of Luther’s Life

by Charles Fry /

This timeline (of the main events and writings addressed by these posts) will help the reader more clearly understand how the details of Martin Luther’s life fit into his overarching story and that of the Reformation.

Read all the posts published to date in this extended series on the life and theology of Martin Luther, as we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the birth of the Reformation.
1415
July 6
John Hus burned at the stake, c. 100 years before the Reformation
1483
November 10
Martin Luther born in Eisleben, Germany
1505 Begins study of Law
1505
July 2
Vows to become monk after thunderstorm
1505
July 17
Enters Augustinian order to become a monk
1507 Luther conducts his first Mass
1511 Transferred by Staupitz to Wittenberg from Erfurt
1513–1516 Lectures on Psalms, Romans, and Galatians at University of Wittenburg
1517
October 31
Announces 95 Theses in Wittenberg
1518
April 26
Heidelberg Disputation
1519
July 4–14
Debates Eck at Leipzig, Sola Scriptura is realized by Luther
1520 Treatise on Good Works, To the Christian Nobility, The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, and The Freedom of a Christian are published
1520 Pope Leo X issues papal bull giving Luther 60 days to recant
1521
April 16–26
Luther defends at the Diet of Worms
1521
May 4
Luther is hidden at the Wartburg castle
1522 Luther’s German translation of the New Testament published
1524 Peasants’ War begins. Thomas Munzer, a key leader of the Anabaptists
1525
January 21
Formal beginning of Anabaptist movement(Conrad Grebel baptizes)
1525 Luther marries Katherine Von Bora, a nun
1529 Marburg Colloquy (Luther & Zwingli split over the Lord’s Supper)
1529 Luther writes Large Catechism (April) and Small Catechism (May)
1530
June 25
The Augsburg Confession is presented
1535 Lectures on Galatians is published
1536–1537 Luther writes Smalcald Articles
1539 Luther writes Against the Antinomians
1546
February 18
Martin Luther dies at age 62 in Eisleben, Germany

Part 9 of an extended series drawn from A World Upside Down: The Life and Theology of Martin Luther, by Charles E. Fry.

Charles E. Fry

Chuck Fry holds degrees from Marshall University, Moody Bible Institute, and Christ College. He has been in discipleship ministry since 1989 and is on staff with The Navigators in Huntington, West Virginia. He and his wife, Lisa, organize and host the annual Majesty of God conference, held each April.

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