The German edition of Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms by Albrecht Peters has long been the gold standard of research on the catechetical texts of the great reformer. This translation makes the wealth of research available in English for both the researcher and the catechist. Separate volumes address the Decalogue, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacraments, and Confession with the Table of Duties, prayers, and the Marriage and Baptismal Booklets.
This volume places Martin Luther's exposition of the Apostles' Creed in its biblical, historical, and systematic context, and more generally within the Reformer's trinitarian teaching.
Foreword by Gottfried Seebass
Translated by Thomas H. Trapp
What Others Are Saying
This definitive and comprehensive study of Luther’s catechetical writings places Luther’s catechisms in the full context of his broader theology and writings, as well as within the history of Christian catechesis and theology. It is an essential handbook for students of Luther and the Reformation and a valuable resource for those entrusted today with the ministry of catechesis according to these most durable products of Luther’s pastoral heart and pen.
Christopher Boyd Brown
Assistant Professor of Church History
This English translation will contribute to the ongoing discussion concerning the content, purpose, and use of catechisms and instruction in the Christian faith, both in the Reformation era and today.
Mary Jane Haemig
Professor of Church History
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
Albrecht Peters’ work is indispensable for any scholarly treatment of Luther’s Catechisms. . . . Peters sets the Catechism in the catholic context of the history of dogma, demonstrating the Reformer’s brilliance in the evangelical confession of the threefold work of the Triune God. . . . Peters unfolds the biblical and doctrinal themes vividly distilled in Luther’s simple catechetical prose. The careful study of this volume will yield bountiful fruit in deepened teaching and preaching in the congregation. I know of no other book that comes close to this volume in English. It should be read and regularly consulted by pastors and catechists.
John T. Pless
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions and Director of Field Education
Concordia Theological Seminary