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The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church [Hardcover]

By Robert Kolb (Editor), Timothy J. Wengert (Editor) & Charles P. Arand (Translator)
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Commissioned in 1993, this translation of The Book of Concord brings a new generation of scholarship and sensitivities to bear on the foundational texts of Lutheran identity. The fifth English translation since 1851, this edition succeeds that edited by Theodore Tappert published in 1959 by Muhlenburg Press.

A review of the text in light of a mountain of new scholarship and other factors dictated the new translation and apparatus, including changes in the English language over the past forty years, differences in the training and preparation of seminarians and pastors, limitations in the introductions and annotations to the various parts of the book, new knowledge of the history and theology of these very documents, and the occasional error in Tappert's translation.

Kolb and Wengert's team of leading Reformation historians was augmented by consultation with one hundred other scholars and teachers who use The Book of Concord continually, and two other teams of scholars who have reviewed the translations. In coming years, two volumes of related documents will follow.

Benefits of this new translation:
Expanded introductions and annotations offer richer historical context
New translation aims at accessible but accurate translation
Format is easier to read and use
Leading American scholars have been involved or consulted

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A new translation with expanded introductions and annotations.

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  • Christian Century - 12/20/2000 page 1347

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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Pages   774
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 7, 2000
Grade Level  College  
ISBN  0800627407  
ISBN13  9780800627409  

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More About Robert Kolb, Timothy J. Wengert & Charles P. Arand

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Robert Kolb is Professor of Systematic Theology emeritus at Concordia Seminary.

Irene Dingel is Professor of Church History and the History of Dogma at Johannes Gutenberg University.

L'ubomir Batka is Dean of Lutheran Theological Faculty at Comenius University.

Robert Kolb currently resides in the state of Missouri. Robert Kolb was born in 1941 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Loyola University, Chicago Loyola University Chicago, USA Loyola Unive.

Robert Kolb has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Christian Theology in Context
  2. Concordia Scholarship Today

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Tappert Version - 1580  Mar 14, 2007
The Book of Concord provides the basis of beliefs for today's Lutheran Synods of WELS, ELS and Missouri Synod. This book covers the Augsburg Confession, Smalcald Articles, Formula of Concord and Luther's Small and Large Catechism. It discusses religious belief arguments between Catholics, Baptists, Calvinists and can be applied to today's TV Evangelical teachings. The book supports 100% Biblical teachings of Justification by Grace, through Faith, through Christ's blood as stated in Ephesians 2:8. Faith is a gift of God; man cannot be justified by works, or make any personal decisions to come to faith as everyone is born, "dead in sin", Psalm 51.5. Natural man's free will can only sin; therefore, God must reveal himself through Biblical scriptures where a person reading or hearing may be made "spiritually alive" by the Holy Spirit. Only those chosen (predestined, elected) by God the Father in eternity will be saved, Ephesians 1:4-6. Man can by free will read and study the Bible, which has the power to believe built-in, Romans 10:17 and Ephesians 1:13. Since ony God knows who is chosen, the Gospel must be preached throughout the world so that it can reach the elect. Everyone can read and study the Bible, but not everyone does as it is considered "foolishness to those who are perishing," 1 Corinthians 2:14. This explains the fact that those who will perish, do it by choice for failure to read and study Biblical Scripture. For those who do believe in By Grace Alone through Faith, I would also suggest reading Luther's Works, any of 54 volumes
Great translation, clear introductions  Mar 9, 2007
I think that the translations in this edition are true to the text. I also appreciate the explanation of the difference between this edition and the Tappert edition as far the Apology. Great for all Lutherans to have on the shelf! Go Dr. Wengert!
Great doctrinal foundation  Nov 10, 2006
I recently joined a Lutheran (LCMS) church after becoming dissatisfied with the lack of clear doctrine in my old church. I read most of this book to familiarize myself with Lutheran doctrine prior to joining the new church. This book provides a very solid doctrinal foundation and provides insight into the foundational principles of the Lutheran church. It also provides insight into the problems in the Roman Catholic church in the 1500s.

This is not for a casual reader. It is a challenging read and requires that you pay attention to the arguments being developed. But I found that it was worth the effort. My faith was strengthened by the clear defense of foundational principles (e.g. justification by grace through faith on account of Christ).

While I recommended Luther's Small Catechism with explanations to all Christians, I can only recommend this to Christians ready to put in the effort to deepen their understanding of the foundational principles of the faith. Much more challenging than the typical Christian bookstore fare, but also more rewarding.
Indispensable for Lutherans  Jul 20, 2005
If you are a Lutheran, or new to the protestant faith, or even the Christian faith in general, you should read this collection of the writings of Martin Luther, especially the large catechism. Please excuse some of Luther's vulgarities and racial slurs-- he was after all, only human, and the name-calling found in some of the writings does not represent the views of the modern Lutheran Church.
A useful contribution.  Mar 8, 2003
This is a very welcome new translation and, effectively, a new addition to the Lutheran corpus. Other reviewers have already noted it's true strength: the impressively detailed critical apparatus included with each text, which makes the book not simply a joy to read, but a scholarly contribution to our understanding of central texts in Lutheranism.

One might question the insistence by the editor on using gender-inclusive language when translating texts which do not employ that language historically. Although contemporary theology should, quite rightly, be anti-sexist, one cannot help but wonder whether the hermeneutics of the setting in which the original texts were formed may not have been (mis)read by the editor in the light of our 21st Century concern to be gender-inclusive?

One further, minor caveat I have, is that despite the meticulous typesetting and presentation of the texts, I feel the book will be a little over-priced for most students.

Nevertheless, a good and valuable contribution to Lutheran studies, which should be welcomed by scholars and non-scholars alike.


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