Book of Concord Readings

BJS has as one of its goals to promote reading of the Book of Concord, either through Confessions Reading Groups, through online reading groups, or through personal reading of the Book of Concord.

 

The LCMS in convention last summer passed a resolution urging reading and study of the Lutheran Confessions and commended the “Concordia” edition. Here’s that resolution:

To Encourage Study of the Lutheran Confessions During Reformation Celebration
RESOLUTION 2-06; 2010 LCMS Convention

Whereas, All LCMS congregations subscribe to the “Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church” (Constitution Art II 2) as contained in the Book of Concord; and

Whereas, The 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation by the Rev Dr Martin Luther will be observed in 2017; and

Whereas, It is most appropriate for the members of a Lutheran church and other Christians to join in the celebration of that anniversary; and

Whereas, Concordia Publishing House has published resources to assist in the study of the Lutheran Confessions, including Concordia: A Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord; therefore be it

Resolved, That the Synod encourage every congregation and educational institution to hold regular ongoing studies of the Book of Concord of 1580 (i.e., the Lutheran Confessions)

Res 2-06 was adopted as changed [Yes: 1,000; No: 29]

 

Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is again offering the Concordia edition of the Book of Concord at a substantial discount — $20 instead of $31. In addition to that they offer free shipping through Christmas on orders of $75 or more! If you don’t have your own copy of the Book of Concord, take this opportunity to purchase one or give it as a gift to your friends. Get together with others in your church to take advantage of the free shipping.

The Book of Concord is also available online, but in a harder-to-read edition, the Triglot Concordia: The Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church: German-Latin-English edition of 1921. The Concordia edition done in 2006 is easier reading for the modern reader, so we would recommend that all of our readers have their own edition available to them. CPH has delivered almost 100,000 of the Concordia editions since it was published.


There are three resources that will deliver the daily readings from the BoC to you by email or Twitter, as well as an online reading group that will help those who don’t have a reading group in their area.

  • Daily Readings from the Book of Concord is available on the Book of Concord website; it uses the table at the beginning of the Concordia edition to break the confessions up into daily reading segments. It will send you a link to the start of the reading for each day (M-F). You can pull out your Concordia Edition and read it there, or click on the link to read it online.

    To help promote reading the Book of Concord to your facebook friends, go to http://bookofconcord.org/daily periodically and click on the “recommend” button.

  • Weekly Readings for the 3-year series is a bulletin insert tied to the readings of the day for your church to insert into their bulletins. This will provide a method to acquaint more church members with our confessions. These are prepared by Pastor Doug May each week.
  • Weekly Readings for the 1-year series is a similar bulletin insert for those churchs who use the 1-year historic readings, prepared by Pastor Kurt Hering.
  • Kari Anderson has created a discussion group on the Wittenberg Trail where she posts segments of the BoC and followers can read an discuss it. Again, you can read the segment in your own Concordia Edition if you find that reading easier for you.

Have more questions about the Book of Concord? CPH has provided a Frequently Asked Questions that may be helpful to you. One item from there, “summing things up”, is below:

To be a Lutheran is to be one who honors the Word of God. That Word makes it clear that it is God’s desire for His Church to be in agreement about doctrine and to be of one mind, living at peace with one another (1 Corinthians 1:10; 2 Corinthians 13:11). It is for that reason that we so treasure the precious confession of Christian truth that we have in the Book of Concord. For confessional Lutherans, there is no other collection of documents, statements, or books that so clearly, accurately, and comfortingly presents the truths of God’s Word and reveals the biblical Gospel as does our Book of Concord.

Hand in hand with our commitment to pure teaching and confession of the faith is, and always must be, an equally strong commitment to reaching out boldly with the Gospel and speaking God’s truth to the world. That is what confession of the faith is all about, in the final analysis. Indeed, “Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, ‘I believed, and so I spoke,’ we also believe, and so we also speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13). This is what it means to be, and to remain, a genuine confessional Lutheran.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

Comments

Book of Concord Readings — 18 Comments

  1. All of my elders showed up this morning for our meeting toting their BOC’s, as the always do because we start each of two elder meetings each month with an hour Confessions and Scripture study. All but one of them had the new Reader’s Edition.

    TR

  2. Our class has about half “Readers”, also Tappert, sometimes a Kolb-Wengert and a Bekenntnischriften. 🙂

  3. I have the Kolb-Wengert edition of Book of Concord. Required textbook and reading for several classes at Martin Luther College course entitled “Lutheran Confessions”. I should encourage our congregation to do a Bible Study series using the Book of Concord. The nice bonded leather edition is tempting…

  4. Helen,

    I have gotten lazy and stopped carrying my Triglotta around with me. I really should get back into that good habit. Maybe I could get a Comfort Dog with a satchel to carry it around for me. Ya, that’s the ticket, “Confessions Dogs.”

    TR

  5. It continues to baffle me that the Kolb-Wengert edition is being used in our seminaries and colleges since it has so many serious, serious problems:

    (1) It provides a text of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession that was used in neither the German Book of Concord of 1580, nor the Latin Book of Concord of 1584.

    (2) It is filled with “gender neutral” language, even to the extent that it does not use the word “man” to refer to Christ’s human nature, but rather “human creature.” It is a publication of Augsburg-Fortress which imposed on the Confessions their “gender neutral” agenda, or, as I call it, “gender-neutered” agenda.

    (3) It has outright distortions of the original language of the Confessions that are used to accomodate the ordination of women and homosexuals. See, for example, the way it changes singular pronouns to plurals in the Smalcald Articles where the priest’s self-communion is discussed.

    (4) It uses a poor Bible translation as its foundation: the New Revised Standard Version.

    (5) It contains a lot of historical revionism about the time following Luther’s death, trying to use a new term to describe the Crypto-Calvinist movement, the “Crypto-Philippists” [there was nothing “hidden” about the Philippists!]

    (6) It is not actually a translation of the Book of Concord, but a revision of the Tappert edition, which itself translates texts contained in the BKS, which in turn are not necessarily the texts contained in either authoritative edition of the BOC: the German 1580 or the Latin 1584.

    There is a scathing review of Timothy Wengert’s work in the latest issue of LOGIA which raises very grave concerns about his work on the Kolb-Wengert edition.

    In my opinion, the K-W should be set aside and replaced with: the Triglotta, or the Concordia Edition, with Tappert as a possibility as long as due caveats are kept in mind about its textual basis.

  6. Tappert was what we used at CSP. I liked that it had a “dual” translation for the Augsburg Confession. It had an English translation of the German, and then a translation of the Latin. I appreciated that. My one and ONLY complaint with the Reader’s Edition is the single English text. However, I have loved learning on this site, discovering the exsistance of the Triglotta.

    @Rev. Paul T. McCain #7

    Yeah, no suprise there with what ELCA made Augsburg Fortress print. I remembering hearing about the K-W, but also that CPH would be working on an updated translation. I am glad I waited for a better product. I do love the background information that was included. It’s like having a Study Confessions. 🙂

    @Perry Lund #5

    A neighboring sister congregation is going through the Augsburg Confession in the pastor-led Bible study. When we visited, my wife felt “dumb.” That’s good because in our church, we are usually the smartest (most studied) participants. I am happy that that congregation is digging into the meaning of Lutheranism. I hope you can find a similar blessing.

  7. @Pastor Tim Rossow #6

    > Triglotta

    I have mine, from years ago (because my pastor said the English part of it was the best). But I got curious about how one would go about getting one now.
    NPH still has it, but it’s e-book only (no worries about lugging it around now!)
    http://online.nph.net/p-5611-lutheran-confessions-concordia-triglotta.aspx
    I looked on Amazon, and came across a 99 cent Kindle download, which appears to be the English part only. I bought it (I don’t have a Kindle, but there’s a free PC application. I had one of the first Macs at work, but since then have used Real Computers [ducking])
    http://www.amazon.com/Book-Concord-Concordia-Triglotta-ebook/dp/B0036RTY92/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1286810767&sr=8-2
    And a good source for used copies is here:
    http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?mtype=B&keyword=triglotta+concordia&hs.x=0&hs.y=0&hs=Submit

  8. MBW: I purchased almost all of my BOC’s on ebay (with the exception of a Kolb, all my Concordia’s, and a Tappert that I got when I was an elder)

    Ebay’s a great source of lutheran books. One of my BoC’s was part of the springfield sem library at one point, then given away to a prof (I assume) before I found it on ebay.

  9. Used copies of the Triglotta, in print, can be found, but they are pricey. We are exploring bringing it back into print, since we continue to receive requests for it.

    It remains a real gem because it is the ONLY source for the actual German text of the Book of Concord of 1580 and the Latin text of 1584. The BKS, is *not* a copy of either of the actual texts of the Book of Concord, but the latest scholarly thinking on what the forms of the various documents in the BOC first were, or are, etc.

    So, the Triglotta is still pure gold.

    I’ll let everyone know when we have the Triglotta back in print.

  10. @Norm Fisher #15

    Hi Norm – thanks for the recommendations! I admit that these days ebay is one of the last places I look, where it used to be the first. I will revisit it the next time I am looking (which won’t be too long, probably).

    Don’t forget to check out used books on Amazon, too.

    Oddly, though Alibris used to be one of the most expensive places, these days when there’s not a used copy on Amazon, I usually can find some at Alibris; and usually the cheapest ones are there too. Their whole pricing model changed when they started passing through individual sellers like ebay, half.com and Amazon (more recently).

    Just one little fun benefit of living in the ‘holy city’ is the CPH sale. Missed it last year due to volleyball, but that might be the only one I’ve missed in over 15 years. I always look forward to it and hope they never stop (hint, hint Rev. PTM et al). What wonderful deals there are.

    Speaking of old books. I have the Handbook to The Lutheran Hymnal (if I remember the name right) and it’s pretty interesting. Anyone know if there is or will there be something similar for LSB?

  11. @Janet #12
    Guess I’ll keep looking! With all the LCMS churches in southeast Michigan, there’s bound to be one within half an hour’s driving.

    Hi Janet,

    We’re probably beyond your desired driving distance, depending on how far south and east you are in Michigan, but you’re welcome to join us up at St. John, Bay City. We just started a Confessions Study Group which meets on the first Saturday of each month at 9am.

    Details and contact info are listed in the Confessions Reading Group list:
    https://steadfastlutherans.org/?page_id=12386&rgnum=39

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