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Melanchthon’s Commonplaces and the Translating Process: An Interview with Dr. Christian Preus

Melanchthon’s Commonplaces and the Translating Process: An Interview with Dr. Christian Preus

In his first project for Concordia Publishing House, Dr. Christian Preus took on the translation of the 1521 edition of Philipp Melanchthon’s Loci Communes, published under the title Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521. The following interview introduces this essential theological text, its author, and its translator.

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Praise for Melanchthon’s 1521 Commonplaces

Praise for Melanchthon’s 1521 Commonplaces

Martin Luther called Philip Melanchthon’s most important work, Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521, worthy of immortality. This lively, accessible English translation by Christian Preus includes an introduction that delves in to the history of this important contribution to the Reformation movement, as well as extensive footnotes that explain the people and concepts used by Melanchthon to explain the(…)

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Why are so many great Lutheran books called “Commonplaces” or “Loci”?

Why are so many great Lutheran books called “Commonplaces” or “Loci”?

Many classic Lutheran books of theology have similar titles. Johann Gerhard wrote Theological Commonplaces [Loci theologici]. Martin Chemnitz wrote a book of the same title [Loci theologici]. And Philip Melanchthon, Luther’s right-hand man in the Reformation, wrote his Commonplaces [Loci communes] in 1521. (He later changed the name to Chief Theological Topics [Loci praecipui theologici].)(…)

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Discover the Book Luther Called Worthy of Immortality

Discover the Book Luther Called Worthy of Immortality

Arguably, Philip Melanchthon’s most important work, Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521 is the first Lutheran work of “systematic theology,” providing a thoughtful yet succinct summary of the Word of God. In these pages, Melanchthon explains the central themes of Scripture, following the outline of the Book of Romans. This lively, accessible English translation includes extensive, helpful(…)

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Korey Maas Discusses Making the Case for Christianity

Korey Maas Discusses Making the Case for Christianity

Christians are being called to defend their faith as never before—whether in the political sphere, in the work environment, and especially in personal discussions. Are you prepared “to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15)? Making the Case for Christianity: Responding to(…)

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Festschrift Honors the Rev. Dr. Dean Wenthe

Festschrift Honors the Rev. Dr. Dean Wenthe

As professor, pastor, and president, Christ has always been at the center of Dean Orrin Wenthe’s confession and practice. His clarity of thought and charity of heart has encouraged and in­spired his parishioners, colleagues, and, especially, students entering the pastoral min­istry in coming to a deeper understanding of their Lord Christ. Written in honor of(…)

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New Release Helps Christians Make the Case for Christianity

New Release Helps Christians Make the Case for Christianity

Making the Case for Christianity: Responding to Modern Objections, available now, prepares Christians to defend their faith. Accessible to readers of all levels, Making the Case for Christianity introduces specific intellectual objections to the Christian faith and then demonstrates how these objections might rationally be answered. Topics covered include the existence of God, the Gospels as(…)

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New Addition to Walther’s Works

New Addition to Walther’s Works

With the release of the second volume of C. F. W. Walther’s Gospel Sermons, Concordia  provides yet another collection of key writings of the first president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Walther’s sermons reflect not only his importance as leading theologian of the LCMS in the first decades of its existence but also his extraordinary(…)

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The History of Luther’s Church Postil, Conclusion

The History of Luther’s Church Postil, Conclusion

Concordia Publishing House will soon release LW 76: Church Postils II, the second of five volumes of Martin Luther’s Church Postil. The Church Postil consists of Luther’s sermons for the church year. Luther began working on it while hiding out at the Wartburg in 1521. Alongside his translation of the New Testament into German, he intended that the Church Postil should bring the(…)

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The History of Luther’s Church Postil, Part 4

The History of Luther’s Church Postil, Part 4

Concordia Publishing House will soon release LW 76: Church Postils II, the second of five volumes of Martin Luther’s Church Postil. The Church Postil consists of Luther’s sermons for the church year. Luther began working on it while hiding out at the Wartburg in 1521. Alongside his translation of the New Testament into German, he intended that the Church Postil should bring the(…)

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