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. This six-volume collection includes the following portions of Gerhard’s Loci:
- Exegesis I, On the Nature of Theology and on Scripture, 2nd ed.
- Exegesis II–III, On the Nature of God and on the Trinity
- Exegesis IV, On Christ
- Commonplace XXV, On the Church
- Commonplace XXVI/1, On the Ministry, Part One
- Commonplace XXVI/2, On the Ministry, Part Two
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!
- Translation of portions of Gerhard’s Loci Theologici, the most comprehensive Lutheran presentation of Christian doctrine
- A glossary of key theological, rhetorical, and philosophical terms
- A name and Scripture index
- A carefully-researched works cited list that presents guidance for deciphering the numerous abbreviations of the other titles from which Gerhard quotes
- Title: Theological Commonplaces by Johann Gerhard
- Author: Johann Gerhard
- Translator: Richard J. Dinda
- Publisher: Concordia Publishing House
- Volumes: 6
- Pages: 3,294
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.