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Law and Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible

by Walther, C F W

Item #: 531166 / 2010 / Hardback / 592 Pages


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This edition of the classic work of The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel make this powerful tool available in a format for all readers of the Bible. Offering a fresh look of the older translation, it will provide comprehensive notes and annotations to aid reader's understanding, bringing to life the power and excitement of the original German lectures. This new unabridged edition restores Walther's witty, staccato fire, including text omitted in prior English versions. Read Walther's lectures like no one has since he originally spoke them:
  • Foreign-language terms are in footnotes
  • Encounter information on Lutheran history and theology that identifies concepts, events, and people
  • Maps, timelines and rare photos
  • References to Scripture, Lutheran Confessions, Luther and other sources appear in the margins
  • References to English sources have been added when possible
  • Transcription errors from the original lecture notes have been corrected

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by Walther, C F W

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An Excellent Guide to Lutheran Thought

It would be an understatement to state that this text is a must-read for anyone looking to have a generous treatment of the Law and Gospel distinction. C.F.W. Walther writes with a theological precision that is lucid, penetrating, well-informed, and friendly to the modern reader. He shows how essential it is that we properly distinguish Law and Gospel, while providing the theological implications of improperly identifying Law with Gospel and Gospel with Law. His treatment of the Sacraments is incredibly helpful, as someone who came originally from a Reformed background, since it cleared up any misconceptions that I may have had about the Confessional Lutheran position.

A Source of Light for the Christian Life.

C.F.W. Walther's work is an essential part of any Lutheran Library. This work is a great resource in several different facets. It is of course useful for self-evaluation. One can learn much from reading Walther's work. Moreover, it can give one a greater appreciation for Sermons on Sundays. To a trampled conscience this book will be an aid as Walther highlights the sweetness of the Gospel. It is useful regardless of being Pastor or Lay Person. The struggle of everyday life - grappling with pride or despair, is ultimately to be fought with the Proper Distinction of Law and Gospel, a facet of Christian Doctrine which Walther exposits masterfully.

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Great Resource for Understanding Law and Gospel

As a lay person I sometimes would confuse law and gospel even when I felt like I had a firm understanding of it. I am halfway through this book and it has really helped me with a better understanding and how to really define the law and the gospel. It has helped me to understand the meanings in scriptures much better.

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