The Lutheran Confessions: History and Theology of The Book of Concord

Fortress Press, 2012
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Overview

From their formulation in the sixteenth century through the present day, every generation of Lutheran leadership has grappled with the centrality and importance of the Lutheran confessional writings. In this important new volume, Arand, Kolb, and Nestingen bring the fruit of an entire generation of scholarship to bear on these documents, making it an essential and up-to-date class text. The Lutheran Confessions places the documents solidly within their political, social, ecclesiastical, and theological contexts, relating them to the world in which they took place, and assists readers in understanding the issues at stake in the narratives, both in their own time and in ours.

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Key Features

  • Contains an up-to-date, scholarly analysis of these foundational Lutheran texts
  • Provides the historical and theological context from which to review the Lutehran Confessions
  • Explores the central Lutheran creeds in a thorough manner

Contents

  • A History of the Ancient Creedal Texts: Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian
  • The Theological Contributions of the Ancient Creeds
  • Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms
  • The Augsburg Confession
  • The Apology of the Augsburg Confession
  • The Smalcald Articles and the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope
  • Theological Tensions among Luther’s Followers before his Death
  • The “Culture of Controversy”: The Smalcald War, the “Interims,” and the Adiaphoristic Controversy
  • The Majoristic and “Antinomian” Controversies
  • The Synergistic Controversies, the Controversy over Original Sin, and the Doctrine of Election in the Late Reformation
  • The Osiandrian Controversy over the Righteousness That Avails before God
  • The Controversies over the Lord’s Supper and Christology
  • Efforts at Attaining Concord, 1552–1569
  • Jakob Andreae’s Drive for Lutheran Unity and the Composition of the Formula of Concord and the Book of Concord
  • Reactions to the Formula of Concord in the 1580s

Praise for the Print Edition

Confessional commitment, ecclesiastical identity, and scholarly expertise characterize this concise, yet incisive, analysis of the historical setting and theological content of the Lutheran Confessions in light of contemporary scholarship. The volume serves as a valuable companion to The Book of Concord, and it will be a welcome resource for all students of the Lutheran confessional documents, both in the parish and in an academic setting.

—Kurt K. Hendel, Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

In this volume, Arand, Nestingen, and Kolb, as internationally recognized premier scholars of the Lutheran Confessions, bring the harvest of the past quarter century research into the hands of readers. As they give a detailed historical account of the fascinating stories behind The Book of Concord with their own theological insight, readers will be drawn not only into the content but even more importantly into the mind of the Confessions and the way in which they taught and confessed Jesus Christ. The Lutheran Confessions: History and Theology of the Book of Concord will make a remarkable and lasting contribution to a new generation of students, scholars, and pastors, and assist them in confessing Christ in the twenty-first century America and the world.

—Naomichi Masaki, associate professor of systematic theology, Concordia Theological Seminary

Product Details

About the Editors

Charles P. Arand is a professor of systematic theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. His recent publications include The Genius of Luther’s Theology.

Robert Kolb is Emeritus Mission Professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Institute for Mission Studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Among his many publications are The Book of Concord and Martin Luther: Confessor of the Faith.

James A. Nestingen is emeritus professor of church history at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a nationally recognized Luther scholar as well as a popular speaker and lecturer. Nestingen is the author of numerous books, including Martin Luther: A Life and Sources and Contexts of The Book of Concord.

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