An Interview with Dr. R. Reed Lessing, author of Concordia Commentary: Isaiah 56–66

An Interview with Dr. R. Reed Lessing, author of Concordia Commentary: Isaiah 56–66

Dr. Reed Lessing is a veteran author for Concordia Publishing House. His latest book is Isaiah 56–66, the twenty-seventh volume in the Concordia Commentary series. We interviewed Dr. Lessing to find out more about him, his commentary, and its contribution to the church.  Tell me about yourself. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and have enjoyed(…)

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What is “new Paul” scholarship?

What is “new Paul” scholarship?

Dr. A. Andrew Das’s book is the first faithfully Lutheran commentary on Galatians to carefully consider the full range of “new Paul” scholarship. What is this exactly? Concordia Commentary editor Dr. Christopher Mitchell explains: Simply put, the “new Paul” perspective is an interpretation of Paul’s Gospel that has rapidly become the predominant scholarly view in the(…)

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Coming Soon! Concordia Commentary: Isaiah 56–66

Coming Soon! Concordia Commentary: Isaiah 56–66

Pastors, scholars, and teachers know the Concordia Commentary volumes offer trustworthy theological exposition of the original inspired texts of the sacred Scriptures. In the newest volume of the series, Isaiah 56–66, Dr. Reed Lessing combines a meticulous analysis of the Hebrew with an engaging, memorable, and homiletical proclamation of the prophet’s meaning. He shows that(…)

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An excerpt from the newest Concordia Commentary: Isaiah 56–66

An excerpt from the newest Concordia Commentary: Isaiah 56–66

Quoted by our Lord Jesus Christ in his inaugural sermon in his hometown of Nazareth (Lk 4:18–19), Is 61:1–3 is commonly called the Fifth Suffering Servant Song in Isaiah, and for good reason. This programmatic text reverberates throughout the Gospel narratives in Christ’s ministry of preaching and healing, and particularly at His Baptism, when the(…)

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See Us in San Diego at the 2014 AAR-SBL Convention!

See Us in San Diego at the 2014 AAR-SBL Convention!

The Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature will be held jointly in San Diego, California, on November 22–25. Attendees are invited to stop by the CPH book booth, #817, during the convention. We will have a full display of the twenty-seven volumes in print in the Concordia Commentary series,(…)

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Happy Baptismal Day, Martin Luther!

Happy Baptismal Day, Martin Luther!

Today we commemorate St. Martin of Tours, after whom the great reformer Martin Luther was named when he was baptized on this day in 1483, the day after his birth. Luther wrote and spoke extensively on Baptism, which as a divine institution was of great importance to him, but the best known of his statements(…)

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An Excerpt from Luther’s Church Postil in Commemoration of His Birth

An Excerpt from Luther’s Church Postil in Commemoration of His Birth

Today is the 531st birthday of Martin Luther. In praise and thanksgiving to God for the Gospel that Luther proclaimed, we offer the following excerpt from the forthcoming Luther’s Works volume 77 (from Luther’s sermon for Easter on Mark 16:1–8).

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What People Are Saying about The Christian Year of Grace

What People Are Saying about The Christian Year of Grace

Matthew Carver’s translation of the postils of Johann Spangenberg is a giant step forward in our appreciation of the worship and preaching of the Reformation. Spangenberg as a colleague and friend of Luther did much to popularize the teaching of Protestant theology. What we find particularly interesting in this translation is how it throws light(…)

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What Luther Says about Faith

What Luther Says about Faith

The following excerpt from the great reformer Martin Luther is taken from What Luther Says, a collection of more than 5,100 quotations on 200 subjects gleaned from his writings. Faith Is a Mighty Power—Or Nothing at All Faith is not the human notion and dream which some regard as faith. And when they see that(…)

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Spangenberg’s The Christian Year of Grace Now Available

Spangenberg’s The Christian Year of Grace Now Available

A key feature of the Lutheran Reformation was the transformation of preaching and catechesis. Luther’s catechisms and his postils (collections of sermons)—rendered affordable to the layperson with the advent of printing—were standard volumes in the devotional libraries of many Christians. Johann Spangenberg, a colleague of Martin Luther, further adapted the postil form for catechesis with(…)

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