I told our local Christian bookstore owner about this forthcoming book. She's not Lutheran, but sounded very interested, even excited!
Forget the jokes about the appearance of Dr. Walther. This dear man's theology is just plain gorgeous. Properly distinguishing law and Gospel is the best and most helpful way to read and apply the Bible. This fact is reflected in the subtitle of Concordia's new edition of Walther's Law & Gospel.
Law & Gospel deserves to be added to The Essential Lutheran Library, not to mention your library. Recommend it to your elders, congregational leaders, LWML ladies, youth, and active Bible study participants. Give it to adults for baptismal birthday and to high school and college graduates. And don't forget a copy for yourself.
I have to admit that this is one revised edition of a book that I've been waiting for…for a long time.
Apparently, others saw a need that brought forth action in the last convention cycle. The 2007 LCMS Convention Resolution 2-08 "directed Concordia Publishing House 'to consider the production of an electronic (e-book) anniversary edition of Walther's works, to be published with computer CD-ROM technology, using all available English translations as well as German printed texts and manuscripts for materials not available in English.' Upon study and consideration, it was determined that, in light of the materials by Dr. C. F. W. Walther already available in digital format and others available in print editions and what would be required to gather all extant German materials, this would not be feasible without a considerable and ongoing amount of external grant monies, which are not available. However, in response to this resolution, Concordia Publishing House has announced an annual Reformation Research Theology Award, the first topic to be dealt with to be C. F. W. Walther, in honor of the 200th anniversary of his birth. A juried contest is being held, and the submission of scholarly papers, sermons, and hymns devoted to the topic has been invited. As a result of this contest, a book of essays will be published in 2011 on the significance of Dr. Walther. Additionally, in late 2010, CPH will be releasing a new edition of Dr. Walther's The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel in an updated and improved translation, prepared in a manner that will make the book more accessible to laypersons. This reader's edition will be titled Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible" (2010 Convention Workbook, 46).
The (182 Page) CPH pdf sampler noted below is an introduction to this new reader's edition of Law & Gospel. The sheer amount of background, supportive, and contextual material included is stunning! Download and savor it. Then, visit the CPH site to place your preorder today. Make this book a success on its own merit. Perhaps it could help fund (or inspire funding for) that critical edition of Walther's Works we've been dreaming of for generations…
I have a large sampler PDF file from the new forthcoming edition of C.F.W. Walther's The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel to share with you today. We will be releasing this in late June/early July, with a large promotional mailing being sent to Lutheran congregations in the USA. Here's a "robust appetizer" of the book. It is a large PDF file, which you can download here. The link will be good for the next six days:
I'd appreciate it if you would chat this up across your various contacts, blogs, Facebook pages and groups and so forth. Thanks!
This edition of the classic work of The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel will make this powerful resource available in a format for all readers of the Bible. Offering a fresh look of the older translation, it will provide comprehensive notes and annotations to aid reader's understanding bringing to life the power and excitement of the original German lectures. This new unabridged edition restores Walther's witty, staccato fire, including text omitted in prior English versions. Read Walther's lectures like no one has since he originally spoke them.
* Foreign-language terms are in footnotes