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The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (1580)

by Theodore G. Tappert, Robert Kolb (Editor)

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The Kolb/Wengert edition of the Book of Concord is a wealth of scholarly material. The footnotes are exhaustive and the historical introduction outstanding. The only real blemish on this otherwise wonderful work is the annoying habit of using "gender inclusive" language. It makes the translation itself slightly suspect, and certainly does not flow as well as it could. ( )
1 vote ToddPeperkorn | Mar 4, 2008 |
Known by generations of Lutheran seminary students as "Tappert," this edition of the Book of Concord is a classic translation and critical edition of the Lutheran Confessions, the doctrinal standard of the Lutheran tradition since 1580. Befitting a critical edition, the prose is dense and hard to read, yet the work is first-rate and a good edition to the library of Lutheran pastors and those who wish to understand the theology of the branch of Christianity. Recommended for academic libraries, theological libraries, pastors of Christian denominations, graduate students and those with graduate degrees. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0800627407, Hardcover)

Commissioned in 1993, this new 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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