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As many of you know, Concordia Publishing House initiated a number of years ago now, a project to translate and provide even more of Martin Luther’s writings in English. These volumes have been appearing each year, adding to the body of Luther’s works available to English speaking pastors and laypeople. Simply put, they are tremendously well done. We are continuing to receive, quite frankly, rave reviews from around the world. You can read more about that here. The entire translation project’s prospectus is available here. You can see all the volumes released so far here.
The newest volumes in the series are particularly remarkable because they are providing, for the first time, the very best edition of Luther’s Church Postil, based on the edition that Luther himself personally worked on and approved of. The translation we have had until now is a rather clunky 19th English translation based on the far less reliable edition of the Church Postil.
Luther’s collected sermons for the church year were originally published in two series: the Church Postil and the House Postil. These were among his most popular works. Aside from his catechisms, they did more to teach people the Reformation than any other book. The new translation of the Church Postil follows the last edition of Luther’s life, from 1540–1544, and includes Luther’s often-extensive revisions to his own work, with significant variant readings from earlier editions translated in the footnotes.
The newest volume is now in print, Volume 76.
We are presently shipping the book, first, to subscribers to Luther’s Works, then to all standing orders, and then to any orders being placed via our web site or our 800 number: 800-325-3040. It is already available in KINDLE format at Amazon.com.
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You can take a look inside the newest volume in the Church Postils by clicking here.
This volume includes the sermons on the Epistle and Gospel readings from New Year through Holy Week, plus “Meditation on the Holy Suffering of Christ” and “Sermon on Confession and the Sacrament.” The appendix contains Luther’s prefaces to earlier editions of the Church Postil. All the sermons include footnotes indicating Luther’s edits over the course of his life, all rendered in clear, lucid English.
Benefits of Luther’s Works, American Edition, Church Postils: I & II (Volumes 75 & 76 in translation series)
Accurate and clear translation. (An early 20th-century version of these sermons was inaccurate and stilted.)
Presents the Church Postil as the mature Luther wanted it to be: Includes Luther’s often-extensive revisions to his own work, with significant variant readings from earlier editions translated in the footnotes.
Includes the version of the summer sermons that Luther approved (Cruciger’s edition, not Roth’s edition).
Epistles and Gospels are interspersed as they were originally printed, showing the progression of Luther’s teaching through the course of the church year. (The early 20th-century Lenker version followed the revisionist 1700 edition of Philipp Jakob Spener, not Luther’s mature, final edition of 1540 and 1544.)
Includes the careful, explanatory introductions and footnotes that have become a hallmark of Luther’s Works: American Edition.
Includes cross-references and a table showing where Luther’s sermons can be found in the German originals. Fully indexed.
Edited by Benjamin T.G. Mayes and James L. Langebartels.