Stay Tuned for First News on The Lutheran Study Bible
Word to the wise: stay tuned for a press release from Concordia Publishing House on The Lutheran Study Bible, the first study Bible, in English, to be prepared using exclusively Lutheran scholars, theologians, pastors, researchers and authors, who are all committed to the confession of historic, genuine Lutheranism, designed from stem-to-stern by Lutherans. It uses the English Standard Version of the Bible. That's all I'll say for now, but it is coming and we are beginning to talk about it.
By the way, that picture to the left is *not* it. That's the very first complete translation of the Bible, by Martin Luther, from 1534. Not to worry: The Lutheran Study Bible will not be that huge. Big? Yes. Huge? No. Chocked-full of Lutheran goodness? Most definitely! But that wonderful Luther Bible will play a role in TLSB. Every cross reference put in the 1534 Luther Bible will be included in The Lutheran Study Bible. Cool, huh?
This is most definitely not simply a new edition of the Concordia Self-Study Bible. This is entirely new. You are going to love it. It has a rich variety of notes, annotations, study helps, articles, introductions, including quotes from Luther, the Confessions, Early Church Fathers, and the like. But I'll say no more for now.
Well, maybe a bit more. It combines sturdy scholarly notes and helps, with richly devotional and practical Law/Gospel application notes. That's all I'll say though.
OK, one more thing. This Bible puts "legs" on this statement from the Lutheran Confessions: "The chief topic of Christian doctrine
[justification] isespecially useful for the clear,
correct understanding of the entire Holy Scriptures, and alone
shows the way to the unspeakable treasure and right knowledge
of Christ, and alone opens the door to the entire Bible." Really, that's all I'll say for now. More is coming. I can't wait to share more news with you about it, soon, very soon.