"Luther in Death"



    The Lutheran Journal, Vol. 65, #1, 1996 - Erwin Weber


The year 1996 marks the 450th anniversary of Luther's death. He died on February 18, 1546, working until his last days. He traveled to Eisleben the city of his birth to settle an inheritance disagreement between the Dukes of Mansfeld. The cause of death was probably heart failure. This is not surprising at the end of a life filled with work, conflict, stress, and excitement. According to the great scholar, E.G. Schwiebert, there are more details known of the death of Martin Luther than any other event in history.

This article focuses on Luther's illnesses and fears throughout his life and his death at the home of his friend located two blocks from his place of birth in Eisleben.