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Luther on the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter

Luther on the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter

The following excerpt provides Luther’s commentary on Matt. 9:24: “[Christ] said, ‘Go away. The girl is not dead but sleeping,” and is taken from Luther’s Annotations on Matthew 1–18, as found in Volume 67 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works 

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Valerius Herberger and the “Two Books”: Bible and Creation

Valerius Herberger and the “Two Books”: Bible and Creation

This excerpt introduces the meditations on Genesis prepared by Valerius Herberger (1562-1627), a Lutheran pastor in Fraustadt (now Wschowa), Poland. Here Herberger discusses God’s revelation in Scripture and in creation as “two books.” The “Book of Creation” especially should lead us to praise God for His wisdom, power, and beauty.

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Luther on Christ’s Genealogy

Luther on Christ’s Genealogy

The following excerpt from Luther’s Annotations on Matthew 1–18 (found in volume 67 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works) provides the reformer’s commentary on Matthew’s genealogy of Christ found in the Gospel’s first chapter.

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Luther on Peter’s Confession of Christ

Luther on Peter’s Confession of Christ

Volume 67 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works (released this past summer) completes the translation of Luther’s “commentary” on the Gospel of Matthew as delivered in sermons (vol. 68) and in his Annotations on Matthew 1–18 (vol. 67). Taken together, these writings are the reformer’s most substantial continuous engagement with St. Matthew’s Gospel or(…)

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Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the newest volume in the Concordia Commentary series: John 1:1–7:1 by William Weinrich. In the meantime, we’ve provided an excerpt below to give you a preview of Dr. Weinrich’s discussion on John 3:3. “Unless One Is Begotten from Above, He Is Not Able to See the Kingdom of(…)

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Luther’s Works Vol. 67 Reveals Luther’s Preaching Style

Luther’s Works Vol. 67 Reveals Luther’s Preaching Style

Volume 67 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works (released this past summer) completes the translation of Luther’s “commentary” on the Gospel of Matthew as delivered in sermons (vol. 68) and in his Annotations on Matthew 1–18 (vol. 67). Taken together, these writings are the reformer’s most substantial continuous engagement with St. Matthew’s Gospel or(…)

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The Theme and Message of Mark’s Gospel

The Theme and Message of Mark’s Gospel

The following excerpt is taken from Dr. James Voelz’s commentary on Mark 1:1–8:26, part of Concordia Publishing House’s Concordia Commentary series.  

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Book Giveaway: Win a free copy of Isaiah 56–66!

Book Giveaway: Win a free copy of Isaiah 56–66!

Sorry, this contest has ended. Try again next time!   To celebrate the release of our latest Concordia Commentary, we are pleased to offer one lucky winner a free copy of Isaiah 56–66. Isaiah 56–66 is the culmination of the prophet’s message condemning humanity’s sin and promising the Suffering Servant, who atones for that sin,(…)

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An Excerpt from Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Lord’s Prayer

An Excerpt from Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Lord’s Prayer

For Martin Luther, God’s action in creation, redemption, sanctification, justification, and prayer are inseparably tied together, and all true prayer finds the seed around which it can crystallize in the Lord’s Prayer. Albrecht Peters’ Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Lord’s Prayer shows the development of Luther’s thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer and provides the needed context(…)

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An Excerpt from Concordia Commentary: Galatians

An Excerpt from Concordia Commentary: Galatians

Concordia Publishing House is pleased to announce the release of its twenty-sixth volume in the Concordia Commentary series: Galatians, by Dr. A. Andrew Das. In modern Pauline scholarship, the ultimate insult is to label an approach “Lutheran.” Most scholars presume that when it comes to the interpretation of Galatians, Luther got it wrong. Although confessional(…)

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