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Read Walther with the Precision He Intended

November 13th, 2012
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Saint Louis, MO— During the 19th century, the doctrine of the church and ministry was a controversial issue as Lutherans had to understand what it means to be a Lutheran Church in a their new homeland where the church was not controlled by the government. Today, this conversation continues.

Dr. C.F.W. Walther’s classic study of The Church and The Office of The Ministry provides a faithful, careful presentation of these issues. Walther’s book on the subject remains to this day the official doctrinal position of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is publishing a new translation prepared and edited by current president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri synod, the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison.

Originally penned by Walther, the fresh translation of The Church and the Office of the Ministry includes editorial introductions from Pastor Harrison, helpful footnotes explaining terms and history, marginal references to Scripture and church fathers, and additional historical documents from Walther’s time that clarify and provide additional context for Walther’s work.

Harrison’s extensive knowledge on the subject provides professional church workers and interested lay members alike with a wealth of insight from the Bible, the Lutheran Confessions, ancient church fathers, Luther, the orthodox Lutheran fathers, and more.

“The issue of church and office is too often a muddle among us,” said Rev. Harrison. “Walther can be most helpful if he is allowed to speak with the precision he intended.”

For this reason, CPH’s revamped study edition of The Church and The Office of The Ministry was edited and translated to restore Walther’s precise language and make more readable this official statement that explains the Biblical Lutheran teaching concerning the Church and the office of the ministry.

“This is by far the most readable translation available,” said Rev. Edward Engelbrecht, editor at CPH. “The wealth of notes included takes it far beyond the original text. They enrich a reader’s understanding of what the relationship of the church and the office of the ministry should be.”

This title is expected to bin November 28, 2012 and is currently available for pre-order at cph.org or by calling 1-800-325-3040.

Theological journals interested in reviewing this excellent new edition should contact Emily.Barlean@cph.org to request a complimentary review copy.

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