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Johann Gerhard was the premier Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century. Combining his profound understanding of evangelical Lutheran theology with a broad interest in ethics and culture, he produced significant works on biblical, doctrinal, pastoral, and devotional theology. His Loci Theologici are regarded as the standard compendium of Lutheran orthodoxy, with topics ranging from the proper understanding and interpretation of Scripture to eschatology. They interact with the writings of the Church Fathers, Luther and his contemporaries, and the Catholic and Calvinist theologians of his day.

In his Loci, Gerhard addresses the doctrines of the Lutheran faith with skill and precision. His series remains a classic of Lutheran theology and offers contemporary church workers and researchers a wealth of material on the distinctive of Lutheran doctrine.

The Theological Commonplaces series is the first-ever English translation of Johann Gerhard’s famous Loci Theologici. The series, which will total 17 volumes, will be among the most thorough and comprehensive presentations of Lutheran theology in the English language.

Gerhard explores the moral Law of God, revealed in Scripture and nature, as well as all other kinds of laws, such as the ceremonies and civil laws of the Old Testament. Here the reader finds a comprehensive Lutheran moral theology rooted in God’s command and Christ’s fulfillment of the Law. Gerhard examines each commandment in detail and resolves various difficulties and cases of conscience, which are still relevant today.

This volume contains:

  • On the Law of God
  • On the Ceremonial and Forensic Laws

With the Logos edition of the Theological Commonplaces series, references to Luther, the Church Fathers, and other early and medieval texts are also linked, allowing you to click your way through the history of the church and across the theological spectrum. Your digital library also allows you to perform powerful searches and word studies, and Scripture passages are linked to your Hebrew and Greek texts, along with your English translations, making the Theological Commonplaces series a vital tool for research on Lutheran studies!

This title is a part of the Theological Commonplaces series by Johann Gerhard. To learn more or to order another title from this collection, please click here.

Key Features

  • Presents a Lutheran perspective on issues not commonly addressed by Lutheran theologians
  • Unpacks Lutheran biblical interpretation in the context of systematic theology
  • Provides a fresh translation for modern readers


    On the Law of God

    • The nomenclature of “Law”
    • Various descriptions of Law
    • Divisions of laws
    • The moral Law specifically

    On the Ceremonial and Forensic Laws

    • The Ceremonial and Forensic Laws Taken Together
      • The distinction of ceremonial and forensic laws from the moral Law
      • The criteria that show which commands belong to the moral Law
    • The Ceremonial Laws Specifically
      • The etymology of “ceremonial laws”
      • Divisions of the ceremonial laws
      • The End Purpose of the Ceremonial Laws
      • The Abrogation of the Ceremonial Laws
    • The Forensic Laws Specifically
      • The term “judicial laws”
      • Referral of the forensic laws to the Decalogue
      • Divisions of the forensic laws
      • The abrogation of the forensic laws

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About Johann Gerhard

Johan Gerhard (1582–1637) was a German Lutheran theologian. He studied philosophy and theology at the University of Wittenberg. Upon graduation in 1605, he began to give lectures at the University of Jena. In 1606, Gerhard graduated with a doctorate of theology from the University of Jena. In 1616, he was appointed senior theological professor at Jena—a position he held until his death. During his lifetime, Gerhard was considered the greatest living theologian of Protestant Germany.

His other works include On the Nature of Theology and on Scripture, 2nd ed., On the Nature of God and on the Trinity, On Christ, On the Church, On the Ministry, Part One, On the Ministry, Part Two, On Interpreting Sacred Scripture and Method of Theological Study, and On Creation and Predestination.

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