This excerpt introduces the meditations on Genesis prepared by Valerius Herberger (1562–1627), a Lutheran pastor in Fraustadt (now Wschowa), Poland. Herberger regarded the Scriptures “rather like the linen cloths that wrapped the infant Jesus in the manger, and traced his Lord in every little wrinkle” (from the translator’s preface). [Read more…] about Valerius Herberger on the Sabbath Rest
Archives for August 2013
In 2010 and 2011, Concordia Publishing House released the two-volume devotional commentary on Genesis of pastor and theologian Valerius Herberger (1562-1627). A Lutheran pastor in Fraustadt (now Wschowa), Poland, Herberger preached through the books of the Old Testament from Genesis through Ruth, producing devout meditations on the Scriptures. “These he regarded rather like the linen cloths that wrapped the infant Jesus in the manger, and traced his Lord in every little wrinkle” (from the translator’s preface). For a limited time, Concordia Publishing House is offering both volumes at a special combination price of only $49.99 (you save more than 40%). Click here to take advantage of this special offer today.
Following is an interview with translator Matthew Carver. He offers some insights into Valerius Herberger and why his writings on Genesis provide a unique insight into the Lutheran Church during the age of Lutheran Orthodoxy. [Read more…] about Valerius Herberger and the Genesis Commentary
2013 On Creation and Predestination
Includes the commonplaces On Creation and Angels, On Providence, On Election and Reprobation, and On the Image of God in Man before the Fall. This volume is notable for its section on the angels and its discussion of many aspects of the doctrine of election.
2014 On Sin and Free Choice
Includes the commonplaces On Original Sin, On Actual Sins, and On Free Choice. This volume is notable in opposing “decision theology,” in which one’s conversion and salvation depend ultimately on human choice.
2015 On the Law
Includes the commonplaces On the Law of God and On Ceremonial and Forensic Laws.
2016 On the Gospel and Repentance
As the title says, this one includes the commonplaces On the Gospel and On Repentance. This volume is notable for its in-depth examination of confession and absolution, one of the means of grace.
2017 On Justification
Includes just one commonplace, On Justification through Faith—right in time for the quincentennial of the Reformation. (Luther posted his theses for debate on indulgences on Oct. 31, 1517).
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