A Word About the Concordia Self-Study Bible (CSSB)
We recently sent out a special mailing to all congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod with the permission and encouragement of the WELS’ president, Rev. Mark Schroeder. The purpose of the letter was to inform WELS congregations that the Concordia Self-Study Bible, which remains quite popular in the WELS, because it is based on the New International Version, is going out of print permanently, once we run out of our remaining inventory. There will not be another NIV-based study bible and the CSSB, based on the older form of the NIV, will therefore not be available. The NIV’s main publisher, Zondervan, is not giving any publisher the right to continue using the older and less-problematic version of the NIV, but is instead insisting everyone start using the highly problematic new version of the NIV, called NIV2011 by many people, though Zondervan simply refers to it now as “the NIV.”
NOTE: We do have copies of the CSSB remaining in inventory, but for how much longer they will be available, I can’t say. If you want them, get them while you can.
I thought others might be interested in our letter to WELS congregations, so here is what was sent out recently.
Greetings and peace to you in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord.
With the approval and encouragement of President Mark Schroeder, we are writing to let you know about the status of the Concordia Self-Study Bible. When we run out of our remaining copies of the CSSB, it will no longer be available, and we will not be reprinting it. We will not be using NIV 2011 and will not be providing a NIV 2011 version of the Concordia Self-Study Bible.
The good news is that there is a far superior alternative to the CSSB: The Lutheran Study Bible. The TLSB has been widely and well received in WELS congregations. You may also know that a number of WELS professors and pastors were part of the team that prepared the notes for this Bible.
We have a wide range of resources for you to use in order to evaluate and review the contents of The Lutheran Study Bible, as well as promote it within your congregation. You can visit cph.org/tlsb to download resources and view extensive selections from The Lutheran Study Bible.
Cordially in Christ,
Rev. Paul T. McCain
Concordia Publishing House