Maxfield’s effort, which is very well grounded in the sources, would reward careful attention by both scholars and casual readers.
—Fides et Historia, 2011
Maxfield has presented a methodically successful, innovative study, which offers productive potential especially because it places Luther the exegete in historical context. The Wittenberger’s concern was above all to introduce for his auditors an “Evangelical identity” by making them hearers of the prophets and apostles. In contrast to historical-philological Luther research, which above all has pointed out the subtleties of his hermeneutic and his exegetical erudition, this interpretation is a sensible and stimulating corrective, focused as it is on the intended goals of the Reformer.
—Archive for Reformation History, 2011
Maxfield gives the reader a glimpse of what Luther was like as a university lecturer commenting orally on biblical texts. He also shows how Luther set out to form his students spiritually by outlining the contours of a new religious identity through his interpretation of the stories found in the book of Genesis.... This book provides helpful insights into Luther’s understanding of the Old Testament and of the new elements of his religious outlook.
—Church History, June 2011
This is a very good book, thoughtful, energetic, and well grounded in the sources. It is also well written, most often persuasive, and wonderfully suggestive of the historical insights and theological riches yet to be mined from the Enarrationes.
—H-German, February 2010
Overall, Maxfield gives a coherent, scholarly, generally focused presentation of Luther’s methods, theology and pastoral-didactic intent in his lectures on Genesis. An enjoyable and edifying read, Maxfield’s book is a welcome addition to the field of Reformation scholarship.
—Ecclesiastical History, October 2009
A helpful study for scholars wishing to explore how exegesis functioned in the Reformation and how Luther propagated his views to those who carried them to congregations, this volume also makes a delightful and helpful read for amateur historians who want to spend a few hours sitting at the feet of a master teacher, albeit one from a different culture with different methods. The book is commended to our readers.
This is a welcome assessment of Luther's Genesisvorlesung and their use in the formation of early Evangelical identity.
His text indicates a thorough grounding in the scholarship on the Genesis lectures and his focus on Luther as professor provides a helpful new perspective.
Abundant scholarship exists concerning these lectures, but Maxfield’s analysis differs significantly by illuminating the religious history and implication therefrom, without degenerating into a covert religious rant. Maxfield maintains a high level of scholarship while emulating Luther’s own desire for a diverse and inclusive audience. Maxfield’s work, like Luther’s, is accessible.
—Sixteenth Century Journal, Spring 2010