The Book of Concord is the set of documents that comprise the Lutheran confessions. It is the fundamental beliefs of the Lutheran church. Included are the Preface, Ecumenical Creeds, Augsburg Confession, Apology (Defense) of the Augsburg Confession, Smalcald Articles, Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, Luther’s Small Catechism, Luther’s Large Catechism, Epitome of the Formula of Concord, and Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord. Additionally, there are four appendices to the original Book of Concord of 1580: Saxon Visitation Articles, Catalog of Testimonies, Luther’s Baptismal Booklet, and Luther’s Marriage Booklet. These works are written by four principle authors: Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Martin Chemnitz, and Jakob Andreae.
An original Confessing Lutheran recording. The Four Articles of Prague are the original confession of the Hussite (Moravian) Church. Written in 1420, they discuss the abuses of the Western church in their time. This edition was recently organized and edited by Seth Kasten (a contributor to this blog) and is the first complete English translation of the document.
An original Confessing Lutheran recording. A short booklet concerning baptism as an appendix to the Small Catechism. The work talks briefly of theology and includes a baptismal rite.
An original Confessing Lutheran recording. A short booklet concerning marriage as an appendix to the Large Catechism. The work talks briefly of theology and includes a marriage rite.
An original Confessing Lutheran recording. A series of three essays by CFW Walther concerning the doctrine of Predestination in response to the controversies in his time in the Lutheran church. Walther perceived synergism among some Lutheran teachers and responded to them in many works, among them these three.
Meditationes Sacrae, was first published in Latin in 1606 when Gerhard was only twenty-two years old. It consists of 51 brief meditations on various aspects of the Christian life. Nearly four hundred years after its first appearance, it remains the only work published by such a young author that has stood the test of time. Frequently reprinted in Latin, it has also been translated into most European languages as well as Greek and Arabic. While not a large book, it is impactive beyond its size.