We continue to receive truly outstanding endorsements for the The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes. Here is the most recent batch of endorsements from a number of Lutheran leaders and professors, from various Lutheran church bodies here in the USA.
This is an extraordinary volume that should be in the library of every serious student of Holy Scripture. Especially helpful are the historical outlines and theological underpinnings of the intertestamental period. Returning from Babylonian exile, the chastened and repentant God’s covenant people struggled to remain faithful. Entering into a post-Christian era, we can learn much from those who have gone before us when the Messianic Hope was a minority faith. Studying this volume in conjunction with the Bible will enrich you for the living of these days.
—Rev. Timothy J. Scharr
President, Southern Illinois District, LCMS
This companion to The Lutheran Study Bible will be a very helpful tool for Lutherans to become reacquainted with the Apocrypha. I say reacquainted because the Apocrypha were long included in German and English Bibles. More recently among Lutheran Bible readers, knowledge of the Apocrypha has almost disappeared. This volume provides all the tools—translations, notes, and supplemental essays—that readers will need to become familiar with these writings.
—Professor John Brug
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
The Apocrypha not only illustrates sin and grace, godlessness and godliness, humanity’s need and God’s grace for the reader, it also helps one to better understand the meaning of “the fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4), when God sent His Son to redeem us. Reading it on one’s own, however, is daunting at best. The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes helps the reader to understand the significance of the Apocrypha itself along with issues such as canonicity and historical context. From introduction through the study notes, charts and illustrations to the final topical index, the reader will find great assistance and guidance. And through this guidance, the reader comes to a better understanding of the Word made flesh who gave Himself to save us.
—Rev. Dan P. Gilbert
President, Northern Illinois District, LCMS
There recently has been a renewed interest in the Lutheran devotional writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In this literature their use and interest in the Apocrypha is clearly evident. The devotional writers have a genuine appreciation of these books and especially for Ecclesiasticus and the Wisdom of Solomon. This is certainly in keeping with Luther’s evaluation of the Apocrypha: “These books are not held equal to the Scriptures but are useful and good to read” (AE 35:337). Concordia is to be commended for this excellent Lutheran edition of the Apocrypha. The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes will definitely be edifying for twenty-first century Christians.
—Gaylin R. Schmeling
President, Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary
CPH’s The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes provides a great resource for those who, having mastered the canonical books, desire to delve into those books that arise out of the intertestamental period. The explanations and historical data will help both the lay and clerical reader wade through some unfamiliar literature. The liturgical uses of this literature are especially highlighted. Finally, the appendices will help those who are confounded by the constant resurrection of the so-called “lost books” of the ancient world by the ignorant or misleading media. The reader will be comforted by the clear distinction that is able to be drawn between the canonical books and those of non-canonical status. CPH’s Apocrypha is awonderful resource for the church.
—Scott R. Murray, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor, Memorial Lutheran Church
Fifth Vice-President, LCMS
I have been pleased to review this latest CPH treasure from the perspective of an interested churchman who has watched 60 years of softening in general Lutheran attitude toward things associated with the Roman Catholic Church. Bringing these intertestamental writings out of such shadows is not only bold and timely but may be one of CPH’s greatest gifts to today’s Lutheran and Protestant world. With its publication of The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes, CPH signals that these writings are okay to read. These writings (and the commentary CPH provides) make available to both clergy and laity a very important aid to Bible study: a firsthand look into the historical context that God Himself regarded as “the fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4).
—Raymond L. Hartwig
Secretary, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Edward Engelbrecht and Concordia Publishing House are to be commended for publishing The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes. It is a fitting companion to The Lutheran Study Bible. The introductions, historical articles, appendices, and reference guide provide a concise and immensely helpful overview of the intertestamental period. All who lead or participate in Bible studies will find these resources, as well as the text of the Apocrypha, to be of great value in better understanding the Old and New Testaments.
—Rev. Mark C. Chavez
General Secretary, North American Lutheran Church
Years ago a popular Sunday TV program announced that the evening’s offering was the “biblical” story of Judith and Holofernes. I’d never heard of them! If you don’t recognize them, or the names of Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, or Judas Maccabeus, if you’ve ever wondered about the origin of Hanukkah, or what happened between the time of Nehemiah and John the Baptist, you will discover why Martin Luther recommended reading the Apocrypha even though it is not Scripture. This marvelous edition is chock-full of helps that mark it as a truly Lutheran study edition!
—Rev. Terry Cripe
President, Ohio District, LCMS