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July 17th, 2012 1 comment
In Luther’s day, the precious message of Christian freedom was readily misunderstood by those whose focus was on the things of this world rather than Christ and the cross. Luther was not a politician; he was a pastor who found real freedom in the Gospel. Christian Freedom: Faith Working through Love is the most comprehensive, well-rounded version of this classic writing.
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Are you a subscriber? (To Luther’s Works?)

February 6th, 2012 3 comments

As many of you know, or perhaps, many of you do not know, Concordia Publishing House has embarked on an extension to the definitive translation of Martin Luther’s writings in English, the American Edition. So far three volumes have come out in the series, which is projected to number perhaps up to twenty more. Did you know that as a subscriber you get these volumes at the best, and lowest, possible price? You “set it and forget it” and we send the volumes when they come out, once a year, around October-ish. Here’s what you need to know and here is where you need to go to get yourself all squared away with a subscription.

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Never before in English, the new series of Luther’s Works consists of the reformer’s Bible commentaries, sermons, prefaces, disputations, letters, theology, and polemics—translated and published in English for the first time. No library is complete without these new volumes.

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New Volume in Luther’s Works Series is Here and Available Now

December 13th, 2011 8 comments

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.

Is It The End of the World as We Know It?

November 22nd, 2010 1 comment

The new volume of Luther’s Works (vol. 58) has a good amount of teaching on the end of the world. On pp. 163-170, Luther speaks strongly from Romans 8 that this present creation will be renewed just as the bodies of Christians will be. “There remains hope, which we possess together with creation…” Of course, he still says in the same sermon that with our resurrected bodies we will go to heaven. Also, he mentions plants and minerals as participating in this renewal, but is silent about animals. However, in another sermon in the same volume (pp. 133-147), Luther says that the entire world will be destroyed, will die, and will be raised again, even that it will be obliterated, etc.The fact is, Luther could say both things: that the creation will be obliterated, and that the creation will be renewed. He seems to have held to a renewal and transformation of this earth, but only after it has been completely and totally destroyed, maybe even annihilated.

By the way, if you go to the link for the book, you will be able to take a look at a substantial sample, via PDF file. Check it out.

New Volume of Luther Sermons Available

November 18th, 2010 3 comments

I’m pleased to announce that the next volume in the continuation of the American Edition of Luther’s Works is now available. It is volume 58, a collection of sermons, most never before translated into English. Here is where you can order a copy. There is the standard 20%  worker discount available to all rostered church workers of any church body. Additionally, those who subscribe to the continuation series receive an additional discount. More information about subscribing is available here. If you have forgotten, or have not seen, the prospectus for the entire continuation series, you can download a PDF copy of it and read it. Here is more detailed information about the latest volume.

This volume contains a selection of Luther’s preaching from between January 1539 and his death in 1546. Aware of his own mortality and deeply committed to the proclamation of the Gospel in the last days of the world, Luther preached during these years with a special sense of urgency, seeking to make a final confession and testament of his teaching and to issue a public rejection of its opponents. In that effort, he returned frequently to theological themes from the early years of his public career and to autobiographical reflection, working to convey the significance of the Reformation to a new generation ignorant of the circumstances that had called for reform, who had experienced “nothing of these distresses and heartbreak under the pope and what a joyful thing the Gospel is.”

The recent expansion of the Reformation to previously hostile territories and cities provided Luther, despite his health, with opportunities to travel and to preach to newly Evangelical communities, expounding the basic elements of his theology. In these sermons, Luther emphasized catechesis in the heart of the Gospel as he understood it, but he was also concerned with warning against a return to old abuses and with encouraging the new organization and support of Evangelical clergy and schools to ensure the survival of the Reformation. In his ongoing preaching in Wittenberg itself, Luther was intensely concerned with the life and welfare of the congregation with whose life he had been most intimately involved. In addition to preaching on the broader theological conflicts with which he dealt in his published treatises, Luther dealt with local tensions—which culminated in his own brief, self-imposed “exile” from Wittenberg in the summer of 1545. He defended his own role within and responsibility for the Wittenberg church and dealt concretely with the Antinomians’ rejection of the Law for Christians by assiduously preaching both the Law and the Gospel to the congregation. When, as it often did, the life of the Wittenbergers seemed to fall short in both good works and faithful devotion, Luther could be uncompromising and unrestrained in his admonitions, whether in denouncing the university jurists who sought to reimpose the standards of papal canon law or in rebuking the Wittenbergers for immorality and, especially, for their greed.

Nevertheless, even Luther’s most bitter complaints about Evangelical congregations do not suggest that the old reformer had fallen into despair. His admonitions to faithful hearing of the Word and amendment of life appear alongside his confident declarations that, in fact, the Gospel was being faithfully taught. Luther boasted that the Gospel was being preached and proclaimed, not only in the churches by faithful pastors, not only in the schools, but also in homes, among parents and children, as he says in his last sermon: “You hear [God’s Word] at home in your house, father and mother and children sing and speak of it, the preacher speaks of it in the parish church.” The Gospel is thus communicated from one generation to the next, from parents to children—and also back again, from children to parents. It is to the children, learning the Catechism, that Luther refers adults who have questions about Christian faith, and upon the youth, “the seedlings with which the Church of God, like a beautiful garden, is cultivated and propagated,” that the reformer continues to place undiminished hopes. These sermons thus bear witness to Luther’s understanding that the Reformation is neither an accomplished, once-for-all event nor a step along the progressive way to the full purification of the Church, but a continual struggle, carried out through the preaching of the Law and the Gospel, to be renewed from generation to generation until the Last Day.

Luther’s Works: Volume 69 — Coming Soon in LOGOS Format

March 2nd, 2010 5 comments

I do love my job. I get to test-drive our latest LOGOS-based resources. Fun! Here’s a screen shot of Luther’s Works, Volume 69, in LOGOS edition. Coming soon! Probably out by May. More details coming. For those interested: this is a screen shot of my iMac running Parallels, thus running the Windows version of LOGOS. I always see a little tear trickling down my Mac whenever I make it run Windows. <g> Click on the image for a larger version.

Luther’s Best Book, and He Said So Himself

October 23rd, 2009 Comments off

Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes shared this quote from Luther, we were both interested and a bit amused by Luther’s typical gushing enthusiasm, and of course his high praise for the work of an editor did not go unnoticed!

The Herr Doctor often took this book [his sermons on John 14–17] to church with him and liked to read in it. As I and others heard from his own mouth at table, this was the best book he had written, “though I did not write it,” he said, “but Dr. Caspar Cruciger showed his deep understanding and great diligence in [editing] it. After the [translation of the] Holy Bible, this should be [esteemed as] my most worthy and precious book.” (LW 69:8)

[Johann Mathesius, Historien von des Ehrwirdigen in Gott Seligen thewren Manns Gottes, Doctoris Martini Luthers, anfang, lehr, leben, und sterben (Nürnberg: Johann von Berg, 1566), in Georg Loesche, ed., Johannes Mathesius: Ausgewahlte Werke (Prag: Calve, 1898), 3:262. Cf. LW 24:x; WA 28:34.]

Submitted by Benjamin Mayes, managing editor for the new volumes of Luther’s Works. Volume 69 of Luther’s Works was recently released by CPH.

Cracking the Code: Making Sense of References to Martin Luther’s Works

September 30th, 2009 1 comment

The other day, a friend was commenting on the interesting abbreviations a person runs across when reading materials that reference Martin Luther’s writings. It is a alphabet soup kind of situation. Here is a very well done summary overview of the “codes” you come across, actually, abbreviations used by scholars to refer to various editions of the writings of Martin Luther. I thought you would find it helpful as well. It was prepared by Mr. James Swan, a conservative Reformed Christian, who has taken a great interest in Martin Luther. Here is his blog post.

If you’ve come across obscure Luther quotes and can’t understand the documentation, this entry is for you. Often, those who cite Luther polemically can’t provide a context, and the references they provide look like an unknown code. Below is a bit of the code book, so to speak. The above graphic comes from Luther’s own statements concerning his teaching and its results by Henry O’Connor, page 164. It’s typical of the anti-Luther books that Roman Catholics put out in the late 1800′s- early 1900′s. The sources O’Connor refers to are usually out of reach for a typical English speaking blogger. Google Books has made it somewhat easier to locate these some of these type of old sources, but even if you find them, there’s still the question of reading German and Latin.

Sometimes O’Connor will mention a specific treatise title, often he won’t. It makes tracking down Luther quotes and putting them in context very tedious and difficult. Of course, if your typical Roman Catholic Internet warrior would read the actual sources available now, and quote Luther via those sources…. ah, never mind. That’s wishful thinking.

Below are some of the main collections of Luther documents referred to by friends and foes of the Reformation. This is only a brief look. Citations in older books like O’Connor’s and Patrick O’Hare’s are often sparse, cryptic, fragmented, or in a foreign language. If you come across someone using an obscure Luther quote with a reference you don’t understand:

1. If you’re aware that it’s a primary source from long ago, let them know you’re in awe that they have had access to such a rare book. Tell them it’s an honor to dialogue with someone who’s read things like de Wette or Walch, and you look forward to being their pupil.

2. Ask them what the reference means. Chances are, they might not be able to tell you. That’s a good sign they have swiped the quote from a secondary source, and haven’t a clue as to the context.

3. If they can identify the reference as coming from an actual collection of Luther’s works, ask them what specific treatise it’s from and if they know any of the background as to the writing of the treatise.

4. If they do link you to an old Google Book in German or Latin, ask them if they can read either German or Latin.

5. Remember, if someone uses a quote, it’s their responsibility to provide the context, not yours. If they can’t provide an actual context and an historical context, their conclusions and interpretation are worthless.

Luther’s Works
Usually referred to as LW. English edition, published by Concordia Publishing House. You can usually find this set (54 volumes with the 55th book index) in a good library. Single volumes are relatively inexpensive and can bought new or used. There is also a CD ROM of this set. I’ve had this CD ROM for a number of years, and it’s proved invaluable. Concordia is also releasing new volumes of Luther’s Works, but I’m not sure if they will also be initially available electronically.

Works of Martin Luther: With Introduction and Notes
Often referred to as PE. The Philadelphia Edition (Philadelphia: Muhlenberg Press). Sometimes called the Holman Luther, since it was originally published by A.J. Holman Co. This is an English set in 6 volumes. No need to go out and buy these, you can find them on line. They were published in the early 1900′s.

WA: Weimar Edition of Luther’s Works. 1883-.
Usually referred to as WA. D. Martin Luthers Werke. Kritische Gesamtausgabe; Weimar, 1883. This is the largest set of Luther’s works, in German. It’s arranged in four parts: Writings (WA),11 volumes of Letters (WA Br, or Briefe), 6 volumes of Tabletalk (WA TR or Tischreden) 9(or 12?) volumes of the German Bible (WA DB). This set was supposed to follow a chronological sequence, but more Luther material was found after the set had been put in motion. When newer items are found, or better source documents of previous material, they are be released in volumes entitled, Archiv zur Weimarer Ausgabe (AWA). The numbering of the Weimar set can be very confusing, like “WA 10, I, 2″.

The Erlangen Edition
Usually referred to as EA. 1826-1857. Sometimes this set is referred to as “Dr. M. Luthers Samtliche Werke” or “E”. The set includes German and Latin writings from Luther. The 68 German volumes were published 1826-1857, and revised later that century. The 38 Latin writings are specific to biblical interpretation (Exegetica Opera Latina, sometimes referred to as E op ex and Opera latina varii argumenti). They likewise were published in the 19th Century. This set includes 18 volumes of Luther’s letters edited by E.L. Enders, and were also published separately. It also includes Luther’s commentary on Galatians in 3 volumes.

Walch: The Walch Edition
1740-1753. 24 topical volumes. This was a set of Luther’s works published 1740-1753 by Johann Georg Walch. This set is German, and Walch translated many of Luther’s Latin writings into German. Sometimes this set is referred to as the St. Louis version, the St. Louis-Walch version, or the Halle edition, or Luthers Samtliche Werke, herausgegeben von J. G. Walch. It may be Abbreviated asSt.L This set also includes writings by others, friends and foes of Luther. The set was revised from 1885-1910 (in St. Louis), and may not match up with the earlier set. Sometimes the revision is referred to as St.Lb. Volumes 15-17 contain rare Reformation history texts, and contemporary letters.

Dr. Martin Luthers Briefe, Sendschreiben und Bedenken (Dewette)
5 volumes of Luther’s letters in German edited by Dr. Wilhelm Martin Leberecht de Wette. “The best collection of his Letters was edited by De Wette (5 vols., Berlin, 1825-8), with a supplementary volume by Seidemann (1856)” (source). “The Letters of Luther were separately edited by De Wette, Berlin, 1825, sqq., 5 vols.; vol. VI. by J. C. Seidemann, 1856 (716 pp., with an addition of Lutherbriefe, 1859); supplemented by C. A. H. Burkhardt, Leipz., 1866 (524 pp.); a revised ed. with comments by Dr. E. L. Enders (pastor at Oberrad near Frankfurt a. M.), 1884 sqq. (in the Erl. Frankf ed.). The first volume contains the letters from 1507 to March, 1519. For selection see C. Alfred Hase: Lutherbriefe in Auswahl und Uebersetzung, Leipzig, 1867 (420 pages). Th. Kolde: Analecta Lutherana, Briefe und Actenstücke zur Geschichte Luther’s. Gotha, 1883. Contains letters of Luther and to Luther, gathered with great industry from German and Swiss archives and libraries” (source).

Br:The Braunschweig Edition. 10 volumes of devotional writing, published 1889-1905.

The Clemen (ClL) or the Bonn Edition (BoA). 1825-1828. 8 German volumes. The first four contain complete treatises, 5-8 are selections from early lectures, letters, sermons, and tabletalk. The text is said to be superior to WA.

The Munich Edition (Mu). 6 German volumes, with 7 supplement volumes (Mu Erg), published in the 1900′s.

Luther Deutsch (LD). 11 volumes, with 3 volumes of commentary.

The New Calwer Edition. 12 volumes in modern German.

Martin Luther Studienausgabe. 6 German volumes.

The Wittenberg Edition. 1539-59. contains 12 German and 8 Latin volumes. The material was topical, at the request of Luther. This volume contains some of the writings of Luther’s opponents as well.

The Jena Edition. 1555-1558. 8 German and 4 Latin volumes, 2 supplementary volumes. John Aurifaber, one of the chief collectors of Luther’s Tabletalk was one of the editors of this set.

The Allenburg Edition. 1661-1702. A poorly edited 11 volume German set.

The Leipzig edition. 1729-1740. 23 volumes in German, arranged topically.

Three Things Most Lutherans Love

September 26th, 2009 4 comments

Luther resource

Martin Luther’s Writings: A Bibliography and Internet Resource Guide

September 25th, 2009 2 comments

LWThanks to Mr. James Swan for compiling this resource.

Luther’s Writings (Primary Sources)

A Commentary on Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians By Martin Luther, Erasmus Middleton
Edition: 3 Published by Printed for B. Blake, 1833 Original from the Complutense University of Madrid

A Manual of the Books of Psalms (tr. Henry Cole, 1837)

An Open Letter on Translating (1530)

Commentary on Galatians (1535; translated by Theodore Graebner, 1949)

A Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, Martin Luther, Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Tischer, Samuel Simon Schmucker (1860)

Bondage of the Will(Henry Cole Translation,1823)

Bondage of the Will(Edward Thomas Vaughan Translation,1823)

Martin Luther on the Bondage of the Will: Written in Answer to the Diatribe of Erasmus on Free-will. First Pub. in the Year of Our Lord 1525 By Martin Luther, Henry Cole Translated by Henry Cole Published by Printed by T. Bensley for W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1823 Original from Oxford University

Concerning Christian Liberty By Martin Luther Published by Plain Label Books ISBN 1603030883, 9781603030885

Concerning Christian Liberty (1520: Parts One / Two / Three)

Disputation on the Divinity and Humanity of Christ (1540; tr. Christopher B. Brown)

Large Catechism (translated by F. Bente and W. H. T. Dau, 1921)

Luther’s German Bible

Luther on the Sacraments, Or, The Distinctive Doctrines of the Evang. Lutheran Church, Respecting Baptism and the Lord’s Supper: Containing a Sermon on Baptism, a Letter on Anabaptism, and His Larger Confessions on the Lord’s Supper By Martin Luther, Ambrose Henkel Published by Henkel, 1853 Original from Harvard University

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First Volume in New Luther Series: In Print and Shipping!

September 24th, 2009 6 comments

155169I would describe myself as a serious student of Luther, and a passionate fan of all things Luther. I’ve done just enough graduate-type research and study in Luther’s works and the field of Luther studies to recognize true excellence when I see it. Believe me, this is great stuff, from every perspective: pastoral, practical, clear, easy to read, superb scholarship. The full price of these volumes is $50, but as a subscriber you will receive them, as they are published, for $35. Become a subscriber. Each volume is currently priced at $49.99 each, but as a subscriber you pay only $34.99 plus shipping, a 30% saving. Volumes will release once a year and will be shipped to you automatically. This is a great price on a series like this. Trust me on this one.

I would like to ask you to support this new series by subscribing to the series. We will be publishing one volume a year. Here is where you can subscribe to the series and read the prospectus about the new new series. Read our press release below for Rev. Dr. Mayes’, the series’ managing editor, comments on this series.

More of Martin Luther’s Works Now Available in English
Expanded series offers students of Martin Luther’s teachings twenty new volumes

09.24.2009 – Saint Louis, MO—Concordia Publishing House (CPH) announces the expansion of Luther’s Works: American Edition. Twenty new volumes are being translated from Luther’s original Latin and German into clear, accessible, modern English, and the introductions and footnotes make significant academic contributions to our understanding of Luther’s confession of Christ.

The newest book, volume 69 (John 17–20) is now available at or by calling 1-800-325-3040. The book is available by itself or as a subscription. Each volume is currently priced at $49.99; subscribers pay only $34.99 each, a 30% savings. Volumes will come out once a year and will ship automatically. To learn more about the series, the Web site also includes a prospectus for the expansion of Luther’s Works: American Edition.

“Nearly five hundred years since the Reformation began, Martin Luther’s writings continue to inspire the preaching and teaching of Jesus Christ in the Christian Church around the world,” says the Rev. Dr. Benjamin T. G. Mayes, managing editor of Luther’s Works. “The twenty planned new volumes, under the general editorship of Dr. Christopher Boyd Brown are intended to reflect both modern and sixteenth-century interests and to expand the coverage of genres underrepresented in the existing volumes, such as Luther’s sermons (showing his pastoral application of the Word) and disputations (showing us Luther’s theology in a systematic context).”

The newest volume of Luther’s Works: America Edition focuses on four chapters from the Gospel of John, including Luther’s exposition of Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17, as well as his preached meditations on the entire Passion and resurrection of our Lord according to John.

Dr. Mayes continues, “The last part of our new volume is truly unique. For the first time, we have collected and translated all of Luther’s sermons on John 20:19–31, where Jesus breathes on His disciples, gives them the Holy Spirit, and bestows on them His authority to forgive and retain sins. The sermons here in Luther’s Works 69 show in what ways Luther’s explanation of this passage changed through his career, and in what ways it stayed the same. In every sermon Luther’s concern to uphold the forgiveness of sins through the word of absolution is clear and heartening.”

Luther’s Works: American Edition has been well received by scholars and church leaders.

Mark U. Edwards, Jr., Academic Dean at Harvard Divinity School, says, “This 20-volume new series splendidly complements its 55-volume predecessor and offers a treasure-trove of writings never before available in English, writings crucial to understanding Luther’s life, thought, and profound influence throughout the centuries.”

Carter Lindberg, Professor of Church History Emeritus at Boston University School of Theology, states, “Volume 69, Sermons on the Gospel of St. John, 17–20, is a superb example of what we can expect from the edition’s general editor, Christopher Brown. Pastors, professors, and students will profit from the judicious choice of Luther’s sermons, disputations, and exegetical works.”

Robert Kolb, Missions Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Institute for Mission Studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, says, “The volumes are being edited according to the highest academic standards and their introductions and notes offer readers helpful guides to the context and content of the reformer’s writings. Casual readers and those seeking to expand and deepen their knowledge of the Reformation will profit greatly from these carefully translated and edited volumes.”

Why You Will Love the New Volume in Luther’s Works

September 11th, 2009 1 comment

155169Here are some observations from Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes, the managing editor of the new extension of Luther’s Works, about the first volume issued in the new series, Volume 69:

“Volumes 22–24 of Luther’s Works: American Edition did not give us all of Luther’s preaching on the Gospel of John. Now, in the new volume 69, we have Luther’s exposition of Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17, as well as his preached meditations on the entire passion and resurrection of our Lord according to John. In LW 69, Luther is an expert guide through the mysteries of Lent and Easter. Dr. Christopher Boyd Brown’s introductions and footnotes in many ways surpass the scholarly apparatus of the old series. Brown sets Luther’s commentary in the context of patristic, medieval, and contemporary Reformation commentaries on John in order to show what was most important to Luther as he preached on Christ’s passion. The last part of our new volume is truly unique. For the first time, we have collected and translated all of Luther’s sermons on John 20:19–31, where Jesus breathes on His disciples, gives them the Holy Spirit, and bestows on them His authority to forgive and retain sins. This passage, which is quoted and explained in many editions of the Small Catechism, as well as in the twenty-eighth article of the Augsburg Confession, has been the center of not a little controversy over the years. The sermons here in LW 69 show in what ways Luther’s explanation of this passage changed through his career, and in what ways it stayed the same. In every sermon Luther’s concern to uphold the forgiveness of sins through the word of absolution is clear and heartening.”

–Rev. Dr. Benjamin T. G. Mayes is managing editor, Luther’s Works, and general editor, Johann Gerhard’s Theological Commonplaces.

To learn more about the new series of Luther’s Works and to get a 30% discount as a subscriber, go to

But wait, there’s more! The first volume in the new Luther translation series came in too!

August 28th, 2009 1 comment

So, we finished up handing every CPH staff member a copy of The Lutheran Study Bible in our lobby and I come back upstairs and…the first copies of the first volume in the new series of Luther’s Works translations had been delivered to the corporate office! On the same day as The Lutheran Study Bible. How’s that for timing? And to make it even more eerie, I’ve been shooting shots of the Bible and the give-away event, and….the file number of this picture is…yes, you guessed it…69, the volume number the new series is beginning with. Read more about the series here:

Luther's Works Volume 69

New Luther Translations: Never Before in English

August 27th, 2009 3 comments

Picture 4In a few weeks the first volume in a project twenty-volume series of never-before translated works of Martin Luther will be available. A letter to all Lutheran pastors in several Lutheran church bodies in the USA and Canada is going out this week. This truly is a major publishing event, for it has been several decades since there has been an effort to bring more of Luther into English. The project, about which you can read more here:, has the highest praise from Lutheran pastors, theologians and scholars across all Lutheran denominations. The series’ managing editor, Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes, offers these words of explanation about the series:

Dear friends,

Since the publication of the American edition of Luther’s Works in English began in 1955, there has been an explosion in the translation of Luther into the languages of the globe. Although the existing volumes of the American edition are the most extensive collection of Luther’s works in translation, they do not contain everything that has attracted the attention of historians and theologians in subsequent decades nor everything that Luther’s contemporaries and successors esteemed and republished.

Concordia Publishing House is happy to announce an expansion of the popular English series of Luther’s writings: Luther’s Works: American Edition. The twenty planned new volumes reflect both modern and sixteenth-century interests and expand the coverage of genres underrepresented in the existing volumes, such as Luther’s sermons and disputations.

This series is translated from Luther’s original Latin and German into clear, accessible, modern English, making it ideal for undergraduate use. In addition, the introductions and footnotes make significant academic contributions and are thus an important resource for graduate-level research. Read what scholars are saying:

“Luther’s analysis of human life and his proclamation of God’s merciful deliverance of humankind from sin and evil through Christ ring true across the cultural boundaries of time and space. This supplement to the historic edition of the reformer’s writings, completed a quarter century ago, is bringing significant additions to the texts from his pen than are currently available in English. It will also provide English-language readers access to documents that aid in understanding Luther’s own life and the development of the Wittenberg Reformation. The volumes are being edited according to the highest academic standards and their introductions and notes offer readers helpful guides to the context and content of the reformer’s writings. Casual readers and those seeking to expand and deepen their knowledge of the Reformation will profit greatly from these carefully translated and edited volumes.” Robert Kolb, Missions Professor of Systematic Theology, and Director of the Institute for Mission Studies, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri

“There is no better way to understand Luther than to read his works. This edition will give insight into Luther’s development and the exposition of his biblical theology. English-speaking readers will become acquainted with crucially important texts like the Heidelberg Disputation or his lectures on the Psalms, presented in a very accurate manner. I welcome this important undertaking on the way to the Reformation jubilees in 2017!” Volker Leppin, Chair for Church History at Jena (Germany), Member of the Academy of Sciences of Saxony at Leipzig, Member of the Continuation Committee of the International Congress for Luther Research and of the Advisory Council for the Preparation of the Reformation Jubilee in Germany

To see a complete prospectus of the new series or to read more endorsements, go online to I hope you will agree that this series is important for your institution.

Subscribe today online or call 1-800-325-3040.

Sincerely, Benjamin T. G. Mayes, Ph.D. Managing editor, Luther’s Works; general editor, Johann Gerhard’s Theological Commonplaces