First impressions? Wow, this is what the Kindle should always have been. No more stupid toggle bars and irksome little keyboard buttons! Complete control via touchscreen, and it is fantastic. I think that had I not been using Apple’s touchscreen technology for several years now on my various iPhones and iPads, I might have found this somewhat less easy to use, but within seconds, I was up and running with the Kindle Touch model I just received, and delighted at how well the touchscreen works. It is pretty responsive. It makes using The Lutheran Study Bible, as shown in the photo, a real breeze. Frankly, I hated trying to navigate heavily annotated documents before on the Kindle, the little joystick thing followed by the little trackpad thing, was a real pain. The screen looks a bit brighter than the previous model, and it is more compact, sleek and easy to hold.
I opted for the Touch model without advertising and with 3G. I found that I really missed the convenience of having a connection wherever there is/was cell phone service on my previous Kindle. And since there are no service charges or ongoing fees when you get 3G, you effectively are buying unlimited wireless internet. Of course it also comes with WiFi, which makes downloading a lot faster.
So, the Touch was everything I was hopeful it was going to be when I first read about it.
It is interesting to notice that that German editions of the BOC are somewhat few and far between after the 1580s and 1590s. This is a German Book of Concord from 1739, with a companion document. I’m asking $300, and this includes shipping via USPS Priority Mail (2 day). I will only ship to addresses in the continental USA. If you want insurance and delivery notification, that’s $5 extra. I’ll take PayPal but add 3% to the payment. Money order and check are fine. I’ll hold the check until it clears. Here are photos. It is in good shape, was rebound once. The pages are nice and tight in the binding.
Look what showed up on my desk the other day…yes, the next volume in our new series of translations of Luther’s Works. This one is Volume 60, Prefaces II…the second of a two volume set of prefaces Luther wrote for various books and publications at the request of the printers and/or authors. Only a very few of these have ever been translated into English before. This volume contains Luther’s prefaces to the works of others from 1532 to 1545. Amid the outpouring of print in the wake of the Reformation, Luther—especially in the prefaces to his own works—sometimes expressed the wish that his own books might disappear and give place to the Bible alone. In his prefaces to the works of others, however, Luther developed the opposite rhetorical strategy, hailing their books as faithful guides to the Scriptures or as edifices that, because of their confession of Christ, would “surely stand secure on the Rock upon which they are built.” Although he complained of the many “useless, harmful books” with which the Gospel’s opponents flooded the world, the multiplication of “good books” in print—of which there could never be too many—was a sign of God’s present blessing on the church in restoring the light of the Gospel, and Luther was pleased to encourage the works of faithful colleagues and friends. Many of the works for which he wrote prefaces he declared superior to his own for their insights, style, and more refined approach. Luther was grateful for help in the shared work of Evangelical literary production in all its genres, in constructive work as well as in polemics, and his prefaces give a broad survey of the Reformation’s literature. Become a subscriber and save! The new Luther’s Works American Editions are currently priced at $49.99 each, but as a subscriber you pay only $34.99, a 30% savings. To become a subscriber or for additional information visit this link. To buy just this volume, visit this link. You can download a sample from the book here.
My colleague, Rev. Scot Kinnaman, answered a pastor’s inquiry about how to use Lutheranism 101 in his ministry and I thought you would appreciate his answer. By the way, Lutheranism 101 has been an extremely popular resource, and along with “The Course,” is being used by many pastors and congregations.
Advent greetings from blustery and cold St. Louis. I received your message about Lutheranism 101 and it’s companion, The Course. If what I have is correct, you are looking for some strategies for presenting the material in Lutheranism 101 using The Course.
First, I would suggest you navigate to Lutheranism101.com. Under the search box on the right you’ll see a link to our page for The Course. First and foremost you’ll see the link to download the Leader’s Guide. If you don’t already have a copy of The Course, you can scroll down a little further and download a sample of The Course. In the Introduction (page 5), the author talks about how the course works with Lutheranism 101, the useful books to have for further study, and how The Course can be used, or presented, in small groups, families, or even individuals.
There is a whole collection of helpful materials on the site. One that you might be particularly interested in is the set of Power Point slides keyed to each chapter of Lutheranism 101. These can be found under on the Samples and Downloads page under ‘Resources’.
Finally, a teacher put together a resource for integrating Lutheranism 101 into a more ‘formal’ setting as a supplement to work with traditional teaching materials. This PDF can be found near the bottom of the Samples and Downloads page.
A handy way to provide Lutheranism 101 and THE COURSE for each member of your class is to buy the Combo Pack. Purchased separately, the two regularly priced books would cost $26.98. But purchased together in the Combo Pack, the cost is only $19.99. Click here to get the details on this great offer at cph.org.
Pastor, once you’ve had a chance to look at the material on lutheranism101.com and these helpful downloads, should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to drop me a note. I’ll be happy to help out as much as I can.
We sent out review copies of the Apocrypha: Lutheran Study Edition, in rough galley proof form, to international Bible scholars and are receiving simply stunning reviews from truly world-class scholars who recognize the value of this unique, one-of-a-kind edition of the Apocryphal books of the Bible. We will be releasing the book next Fall, and at present the content is all complete and we are putting it through layout and detailed copy editing and proofing, etc.
Well known Jewish scholar, Emanuel Tov, has kindly complimented our forthcoming work, The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes. He wrote:
This book provides a well-balanced blend of sound scholarship and religious beliefs on the Apocrypha, especially those of Luther and the Lutherans. The reader will find all the necessary background information on the Apocrypha, in an attractive presentation, as well as religious guidance for instruction and preaching. A wealth of introductory essays and appendixes make this a very useful compendium.
—Prof. Emanuel Tov
J. L. Magnes Professor of Bible
Hebrew University, Jerusalem
We are greatly honored to receive the endorsement of evangelical scholar Craig Evans, an expert on the New Testament:
Concordia Publishing House, General editor Edward Engelbrecht, and the several contributing editors have placed Bible scholars and students into their debt by bringing out a new and updated version of The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes. The Introduction includes explanation of what the books of the apocrypha are and their value and a concise overview of history from Persian rule to Roman rule. Next come judicious commentaries on the several books of the apocrypha, followed by ten appendices that provide readers with additional related information concerning such things as the Dead Sea Scrolls, the writings of Josephus, rabbinic literature, and New Testament apocrypha and pseudepigrapha. What a treasure trove! This marvelous commentary belongs in the study of every student and scholar of the Bible.
— Craig A. Evans, PhD
Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament,
Acadia Divinity College,
Nova Scotia, Canada
Here is the menu of the feast that awaits you….. Front Matter
Preface to ESV Apocrypha
Features of The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes
An Introduction to the Apocrypha and the Time Between the Testaments
The Holy Scripture and Other Ancient Writings
The Apocrypha in Modern Bible Publications by Edwin Cone Bissel
The Historical Setting of the Apocrypha by Raymond F. Surburg
The Judeans under Persian Rule (538–330 BC)
The Persian Empire [TLSB map, p. 1396]
Diagram of Zerubbabel’s temple [TLSB, p. 730]
The Judeans and Alexander the Great (330–323 BC)
The Empire of Alexander [TLSB map, p. 1554]
Divided Rule: The Judeans under the Ptolemies (323–181 BC)
Map of the Jewish Diaspora [Charles]
Divided Rule: The Judeans under the Seleucids (312–164 BC)
The Ptolemies and the Seleucids [TLSB p. 1421]
The Judeans under the Maccabees (164–134 BC)
The Judeans under the Hasmoneans (134–63 BC)
The Hasmonean Conquest [TLSB map, p. 1555]
The Judeans under the Romans (63 BC–AD 135)
The Kingdom of Herod [TLSB Map, p. 1576]
The Roman Empire [TLSB Map, p. 1895]
Diagram of Herodian Dynasty [Edersheim, p. 701]
Herod’s Temple [TLSB diagram, p. 1710]
Theological Teachings of the Time Between the Testaments
Chart of references to explicit prayers in the Apocrypha
Chart of references regarding the Messiah
Reference Guide [Banding]
Articles and Charts List
Place Names of the Apocrypha and Ancient Empires
Apocrypha Chronology and World History
Persons and Groups in the Apocrypha and Early Judaism
Key Terms and Phrases in the Apocrypha
The Offerings [Article/Chart]
OT and Jewish Feasts [chart]
Names for God in the Apocrypha [Article/Chart]
The Apocrypha in Lutheran Worship
The Apocrypha [Arabic Numeration; TLSB style notes on these books]
The Arrangement of Books [Article]
Title Variations for Apocryphal Books
The Wisdom of Solomon
Ecclesiasticus [aka Sirach]
The Letter of Jeremiah
Josephus and 1 and 2 Maccabees Compared [chart]
1 and 2 Maccabees: A Detailed Comparison [chart]
Old Greek Esther
Bel and the Dragon
The Prayer of Azariah
The Song of the Three Holy Children
The Prayer of Manasseh
The Apocryphal Books in Other Christian Traditions
Introduction [Other Books of the Apocrypha – article]
Canonicity and Use of the Apocrypha [Article]
The Apocrypha and the Old Testament Scriptures [deSilva Article]
The Apocrypha and the New Testament [deSilva Article]
3 Maccabees or Ptolemaika
Assumed Settings for Apocryphal Books [chart]
Appendix 1: The Elephantine Papyri
Appendix 2: The Cairo Geniza Documents
Appendix 3: The Dead Sea Scrolls
Appendix 4: Discoveries of Other Early Jewish Manuscripts
Appendix 5: Philo and His Writings
Appendix 6: Josephus and His Writings
Appendix 7: Pseudepigrapha of the OT
Appendix 8: Rabbinic Literature
Appendix 9: New Testament Apocrypha or Pseudepigrapha
Appendix 10: The Nag Hammadi Codices
Quick update and report on the success of the newly released iPhone App version of the Pastoral Care Companion.
After only being live and available in Apple’s iTunes store for only a day, already more than 100 people have purchased it, and the reviews are very positive. You can get it here.
Couple things in response to some questions/feedback.
(1) A fully optimized version of the App for the iPad will be prepared and ready as soon as possible, we did not want to hold off releasing the iPhone App, but the full iPad version is coming soon. If you purchased the iPhone App, you will get the iPad optimized version as part of a free update.
(2) We are aware of a bug in the App that prevents it from working on iPod/iTouch units, that fix is being uploaded to the iTunes store today and Apple should approve it in a few days, and again, if you purchased the App, this will be an update for free.
Thanks for your positive and enthusiastic reception of this App!
The other day I was driving into work and caught a fascinating segment on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. It was an interview with Eric Weiner, author of the book Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine. In the interview Weiner describes a scary experience he had in the hospital which led him to want to try to develop more of a spiritual life. I think this interview is a “must read” for Christians, for it perfectly illustrates what is becoming, more and more, the most common view of “organized religion” or “spirituality” or whatever you want to call it. In the interview he used a phrase that struck me as particularly poignant: “the Ikea God, some assembly required.” You can listen to the interview here, or read it here. What intrigued me the most about the interview, in addition to the clever “Ikea God” quip, was that religion made him very aware of the “terrible wound” that he has, as a human being, that needs healing.
Here’s a snippet from the interview:
What Weiner discovered on his spiritual journey is that things often get worse before they get better. He says diving in to all of the spiritual teachings was like ripping the bandage off of a gaping wound. “You’re like, ‘Oh my God. I’ve got a terrible wound there.’ And then ideally, as you go about a spiritual practice, you start to do something about it,” he says. In the end, Weiner didn’t come away with something entirely new to believe in. Instead, what he found is what he calls an “IKEA God.” “Some assembly required,” he says. “[The] idea is that you can cobble together your sort of own personal religion, a sort of mixed tape of God.” What he concluded is that you need a foundation. In his case, that foundation was Judaism and Kabbalah. “But on top of that foundation, you can add all kinds of things,” he says. “So I’m sort of in perpetual seeker mode, but I think that’s OK.”
Here’s an excerpt from his book.
Cities are like people. We think we know them, but we never do, not fully. There is always another side, a shadow city, lurking in the background like the eccentric cousin you studiously avoid at family gatherings. And so it is with me and New York. I thought I knew the city, but it turns out I only knew part of it. I knew the New York of bagels and thrift stores and yoga studios. The New York I am now speeding toward on the Number Two train is a very different New York. Different in precisely what way I can’t say, for I have never visited this New York. Why would I? Reputation, reflected in, and to some extent forged by, movies like Fort Apache, the Bronx, formed a barrier between me and this NewYork, a barrier as impenetrable as any wall ever built.
Yet here I am, the only white person in a sweltering, crowded subway car, hurtling toward a homeless shelter that will be my home for a while. It’s run by Franciscan friars — the Friars of the Renewal, they call themselves. They are attempting to renew an ancient and honorable path to God.
Kudos to our friends in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, whose doctrine committee has released a statement asserting that the NIV 2011 is not a good choice for use as a Bible translation by its member congregations. I hope the Wisconsin Synod is willing to listen to their partner church.
Many congregations of the ELS currently use the NIV (1984) Bible for worship and Christian education. This edition of the NIV will no longer be available for purchase at the end of 2011. It has been replaced with the NIV (2011) which makes significant changes to the text of the NIV (1984). These changes have diminished the accuracy of the NIV. Therefore, based on preliminary study of the NIV (2011), the Doctrine Committee recommends against the use of the NIV (2011). The Doctrine Committee recommends for use in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod translations such as: New King James Version (NKJV), English Standard Version (ESV), An American Translation (Beck, AAT), and the New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95). These translations are accurate and understandable. If a new Lutheran translation is prepared in the future this also could be an option for use in the ELS.
PastoralCare — The Pastoral Care Companion App is available now in the iTunes store, and the Android version is coming soon, early next year. You can now purchase and download the Pastoral Care App. It is loaded with features that you are really going to enjoying having. It has all the features and content, and even more, than the book, at half the price of the book. With the PastoralCare you can carry this volume with you wherever you take your phone. It requires no Internet connection and is completely self-contained on your iPhone.
The most comprehensive collection of resources for the pastoral care of Christian individuals, families, and communities.
PastoralCare provides easy-to-navigate rites and resources for the care of people in times of sickness and distress, joy and celebration. Psalms, Scripture readings, prayers, hymn texts, and commentaries are woven together and applied to more than 60 different situations to uplift and support God’s people. PastoralCare is the ideal app for all pastors, ministers, elders, and caregivers. The prayers, hymns, and readings in PastoralCare make this a perfect devotional app for everyone.
* 18 visitation rites
* 63 care resources in 8 categories
- At the time of birth
- Ministering to the sick
- At the time of death
- Times of spiritual distress
- Home and family
- Times of celebration
- Miscellaneous situations
* Scripture readings
* Psalms with optional chant marks and 8 music and audio tones for singing
* Complete church year calendar with readings and prayers for all Sundays and festivals
* 27 pastor’s prayers of preparation
* 19 seasonal proper prefaces
* 125 additional prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings
* 171 best-loved hymns with complete texts
* Select hymns and liturgical texts in German and Spanish
* Dates for Sundays, feasts, and festivals generated according to the dynamic calendar
* 8 Psalm tones include music and audio of pipe organ accompaniment
* Bookmarking capabilities to organize your resources
* Add and review notes with phone number and address highlighting
* Easy to navigate
* Fully searchable
* Small, medium, and large font sizes
* Night reading mode
* Three-Year and One-Year Lectionaries included
The gift of God’s Word makes for a great and memorable Christmas gift, a priceless treasure! Concordia Publishing House has a full range of Bibles and Bible story resources, for every age. Let me show you what we have, starting from Bibles for very young children, up to our most feature-rich Bible, The Lutheran Study Bible. Please note! The following list and recommendations are just a few of the many Bibles and Bible resources we offer. To see all we have click on these two links: Bibles and Children’s Bibles.
The Story Bible
This is our premier Bible resource for children, and also for anyone who has little, to no, grasp of the content of the Bible, and, more importantly, it’s meaning. We have heard already from many that they are using this not only with children, but also with adults. Never before in our nearly 150 years of publishing have we produced a Bible as rich and feature-filled as The Story Bible. This treasure will be a great help to pastors, teachers, parents and grandparents as they, like the faithful mother and grandmother of St. Timothy, lead the little ones to understand the Sacred Scriptures. Throughout this Bible, high quality realistic art from our Growing in Christ series is used to fully engage the reader, rather than using cartoonish artwork that might suggest to children that the Bible stories are pretend rather than real. Our intent was to keep the focus on Christ by presenting stories with Old Testament prophecies about Christ so we could present one story for all of Scripture—God’s gift of the Savior. Instead of paraphrasing each story, they were drawn directly from the Bible while adjusting them for student readability. Many stories from the latter part of the Old Testament have been included so that children may begin to build an understanding of the sequence of biblical history. There is also a user’s guide included to explain how to use this Bible with children at different stages of development and reading levels. Other unique features included in this Bible are discussion questions, learning activities, and prayers. These bring each story to life, making a meaningful and lasting impression on children from ages 3 to 8. Whether for at-home use, in preschools, or as part of a congregation-wide children’s ministry, this Bible will make a lasting impact.
Order it here. It is on sale now for only $24.99, but if you, or your congregation, orders 10 or more you can get it for only $19.99 each, enter promo code YST at checkout. (This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions such as the free shipping offer.)
Here are The Story Bible‘s key features:
• 130 Bible stories drawn directly from the Bible
• Focus on Christ with Old Testament prophecies included
• Highlights challenging words
• Beautiful life-like illustrations
• Discussion questions
• Learning activities
• Presentation page
• Large readable text
• Large 9 x 10 format, lies flat
• User’s guide for different age levels
This series of illustrated, inexpensive, Bible literacy books for children has been a flagship line for Concordia Publishing House for fifty years, and have sold, literally, tens of millions of copies of these books. Generations of Christians have grown up with these books, which set a Bible story to rhyme and teaching the meaning of the story. Each book contains a helpful note to parents in the back. There is simply nothing like the Arch Book series available. These little books popular Bible stories through fun-to-read rhymes and bright illustrations. This well-loved series captures the attention of children, telling scripturally sound stories that are enjoyable and easy to remember. We offer a subscription plan to the Arch books, that includes a nice wooden bookholder for 128 titles. You can read more about the subscription program here. Here is a complete list of all the titles available.
Did you know we also have iPad app versions of sixteen titles in our Arch Book series? Sure do! Check them out here.
“The 16-page length makes them perfect for young children who may have trouble sitting still for longer story books,” says Peggy Kuethe, book editor at CPH. “The sing-song rhyme of the re-told Bible stories makes them easy and fun to listen to. And the grown-ups page at the end of each book provides parents with in-depth information about the Bible stories so they can answer “why” questions about God and His people.”
These books are segmented by different parts of the Bible for a thorough journey through God’s Word: beginnings, Old Testament, Christmas, Jesus’ miracles, parables and lessons of Jesus, Easter, and New Testament.
Kuethe shares, “Illustrations are colorful and helpful for giving context and explanation to the stories. But perhaps the feature that has made Arch® Books favorites for generations of Christians is that they’re true to God’s Holy Word.”
The Hear Me Read Bible
This is a collection of key Bible stories, formatted in such a way as to allow for very young children, who are beginning to read, to read the stories. My son actually learned to read by using the Hear Me Read series. Who is this product for?
Imagine sharing a Bible story with your children in 25 words or less. Not only do your early readers hear exciting Bible stories, but they learn to read simple words at the same time.
What does this provide for you? This Bible storybook helps your child develop and grow in their reading ability; Early Bible readers become seasoned Bible readers. Read the stories together in this book, then read them again in an easy-to-understand translation of the Bible. Each story in the Hear Me Read Bible Stories offers a few words of encouragement to help you teach Bible concepts to your little one.
What is it? Early readers need two kinds of reading. They need to be read to, and they need to do their own reading. Hear Me Read Bible Stories helps you to encourage your child with both kinds.In this collection of Bible stories, you and your child read 18 Bible stories using just 25 words or less. These words are repeated to help your child develop a sight vocabulary, recognize words, and grow in Bible knowledge. The colorful illustrations help too. Author Mary Manz Simon is a parenting specialist and has a Ph.D. in education.
When children are ready to move into their first full copy of the Bible, this is the perfect choice. This Bible was developed specifically with children who have learned to read and are ready to start studying God’s Word in more depth. This is most thorough student Bible available today. You can take a look at an excerpt from the Faith Alive Bible, and order a copy here. Children in grades three through eighth grade would benefit from this Bible. Adults as well! This is the perfect “starter” Bible for anyone. Here are the the Faith Alive Bible‘s most important features:
Who, What, When, Where and Why
These boxes are spread throughout the Bible and provide facts on the who, what, when, where, and why of God’s Word and the story of salvation. Find out more about the real people, places, and life in Bible times.
4U: (For You)
Every word in the Bible is loaded with meaning for everyone, but these boxes will help you understand what certain passages mean FOR YOU personally.
As you read through the Bible, you will find many verses that remind you that Jesus’ death on the cross connects you back to God—which gives you forgiveness, life and salvation. In many placed, a brief note is included explaining a particular Cross Connection.
Section and Books of the Bible Introductions
The Faith Alive Bible is divided into six sections. The beginning of each section includes information about the books contained in the section. There is also an introduction on the first page of each book of the Bible that gives you the big picture about the content of that book, including the author, dates, main themes, and significant events.
Articles and Charts
The Faith Alive Bible is loaded with great information to help you better understand God’s Word for your life. You will find colorful and informative articles and charts through the Bible, between the Testaments, and between books or chapters of the Bible.
Timelines and Maps
The events recorded in God’s Word are real. Look at the timelines to see the history of your salvation. Colorful maps help you see where these events took place and where those locations are found in the world today.
These pages help you with words in the Bible that you may not know.
Here’s a video about the Faith Alive Bible:
The Lutheran Study Bible
This is Concordia Publishing House’s premier study Bible. Simply put, it is in a league of its own. It is the most widely used and best selling Lutheran Study Bible on the market today and nothing like it has ever before been produced in the English language. It has been met with rave reviews from Lutherans and non-Lutherans alike. We have a web site devoted to explaining The Lutheran Study Bible and showcasing its contents. Please visit TLSB’s web site here. With nearly half-a million copies in print, TLSB is available in two sizes, in a regular print size and a larger print size and in multiple format: bonded leather, genuine leather, a special multicolored material called “Duotone” and in various digital formats: Kindle, ePub and LOGOS edition. This Bible provides the most extensive set of study notes featured in a Bible like this that has ever been published in English speaking Lutheranism. It is a gift that is appropriate for high schoolers, college aged students and adults.
Engage in devotional, Christ-centered Bible reading and study with the distinctive, comprehensive notes and practical application of The Lutheran Study Bible. This new Bible is the first in English to be developed from the ground-up with notes that are distinctively Lutheran, prepared by Lutheran contributors from over twenty Lutheran church bodies. Current Lutheran scholarship, insights from the Church Fathers, and rich devotional commentary provide meaningful perspective for both young and mature Christians.
If you want to learn the history of study Bibles in the Lutheran tradition, here is a great article. You can also read a sampling of the great reviews we have received for TLSB, here.