Item description for Fortress Introduction to the Lutheran Confessions by Scott Hendrix, Gunther Gassmann & Guenther Gassmann...
Overview Despite their near-scriptural status, the Lutheran Confessions are not widely used in Lutheran circles because their presentation has been too heavy and forbidding. Geared specifically for today's classroom and parish use, this accessible introductory text incorporates the latest historical research and includes sections on contemporary Lutheranism and discussion questions.
Publishers Description Concise text includes the latest historical and theological research, sections on contemporary Lutheranism, and discussion questions.
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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.41" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.63 lbs.
Release Date Mar 11, 1999
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800631625 ISBN13 9780800631628
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More About Scott Hendrix, Gunther Gassmann & Guenther Gassmann
Scott H. Hendrix is emeritus professor of reformation history, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the author of numerous works of Reformation history, including "Luther and the Papacy "and" Recultivating the Vineyard: The Reformation Agendas of Christianization." He lives in Pittsboro, NC.
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OK, but some concerns Jun 30, 2006
First of all, I may be afraid that I am being too critical when I only give this book three stars, but that is how it came out for me.
About a dozen years ago I was introducted to the Lutheran Confessions using the Gritsch and Jenson text as a guide and it was an earth-shattering experience for me to hear the Gospel screamed in our confessions. Since then I have read and studied the Book of Concord a fair amount, but am hardly an expert. I ordered this book to see what was new.
It lost a star right away from the fact that Book of Concord references are often to page number of the Tappert edition. Page numbers are convenient, but the problem is that standard editions change, and Tappert has now been replaced by Kolb/Wengert. Now, I certainly have both texts and can sort it out, it is now a drawback.
This text has good solid information on World Lutheranism and Ecumenicism, but it seems to lack the pastoral focus which is behind our confessions, and reason for rightly dividing Law and Gospel generally. It seems to talk _about_ the Gospel instead of saying the Gospel, and this detachment seems to me to be exactly what we Lutherans were rejecting when we insist that historical knowledge is NOT faith.
Again, I may be too harsh. The authors give a good overview of both history and of important themes. It just didn't deliver the goods to this reader.
A good basic resource Dec 21, 2001
For those interested in the study of Lutheran Confessional documents, this text is a good one. It gives the reader a short orientation to each of the writings in the Book of Concord, and then addresses theological concerns topically. Perhaps its most redeeming merit is the fact that each section that addresses a theological issue has a nice concluding summary that states briefly what each of the documents has to say about the topic.
This is a good book for introductory study, which is what the authors set out to provide. It is a good resource for beginning theological students, laypeople, or as a refresher for those already in ministry. However, it is most useful when read with a copy of the Book of Concord close at hand.