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Overview

Delve into the work of one of the nineteenth century’s foremost Lutheran churchmen. The author of more than 100 books, Joseph A. Seiss moved from working his father’s Maryland farm, where he was called “Joseph the dreamer,” to see six decades of publishing and preaching in the city. Collected here are Seiss’ influential works on astronomy, pyramidology, and political history, as well as 281 sermons and lectures from his many years behind the pulpit.

The world changed in monumental ways during Seiss’ ministry. Charles Darwin published the Origin of Species, Americans fought the Civil War, and people urbanized and made money at massive rates. But Seiss’ work reflects unflinching commitment to an immutable gospel and the tradition of the church in an age of unprecedented change. He frequently addresses the modern challenges Christianity faced with candor and grace. His work is a valuable tool for understanding how the church dealt with the intellectual atmosphere of the nineteenth century.

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Key Features

  • Addresses issues pertinent to faith and Christianity in the nineteenth century
  • Includes Seiss’ seminal work in pyramidology
  • Collects 281 sermons from an influential nineteenth-century Lutheran minister

Product Details

  • Title: Select Works of Joseph A. Seiss (15 vols.)
  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Volumes: 15
  • Pages: 6,290
  • Christian Group: Lutheran
  • Resource Type: Sermons, Collected Works

Individual Titles

A Miracle in Stone: The Great Pyramid of Egypt

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Porter & Coates
  • Publication Date: 1877
  • Pages: 354

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Gain insight into the field of pyramidology with this seminal text from Joseph A. Seiss. Seiss provides “a comprehensive account of the oldest and greatest existing monument of intellectual man.” Exploring the culture of Ancient Egypt and the pyramids’ meaning for modern man, he discusses how the architectural achievement of the Egyptian icons may only be the crust of their majesty.

The Gospel in the Stars: Primeval Astronomy

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Charles C. Cook
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 530

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In this unconventional take on ancient astronomy, Joseph A. Seiss connects the lore behind the constellations with the gospel narrative. Where William Herschel saw only “uncouth figures and outlines of men and monsters . . . scribbled over celestial globes,” Seiss sees another “system of God’s universal enunciations of the Christ.” Seiss argues that the connections between these stories of the stars and the gospel are faithful retellings of God’s good news, rather than corruptions of the faith.

Luther and the Reformation: The Life-Springs of Our Liberties

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Charles C. Cook
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 221

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Exhibiting how Luther’s 95 Theses are the fountainhead of the “most vital springs of our religious and civil freedom,” this concise volume includes Joseph A. Seiss’ addresses at the 400th anniversary or Luther’s birth and the 200th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s founding. Mingling the religious and the political, Seiss discusses the overflow of the Protestant Reformation into American politics.

Ecclesia Lutherana: A Brief Survey of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Lutheran Book Store
  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 281

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Trace the history of the Lutheran church from the posting of the 95 Theses in 1517 to the late nineteenth century with Joseph A. Seiss’ “literary memorial” of its 350th anniversary. Seiss explores the ecclesiastical philosophy of the Lutheran church as a part of the church universal, the events and context of Luther’s life, the nature of Protestantism, the church’s confessional and doctrinal development, and its place in the landscape of Christendom in the nineteenth century. Ecclesia Lutherana is a valuable resource for all Christians, especially Lutherans, who wish to discover the heritage of the church bearing the great reformer’s name.

The Baptist System Examined, the Church Vindicated, and Sectarianism Rebuked: A Review of “Fuller on Baptism and the Terms of Communion”

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: T. Newton Kurtz
  • Publication Date: 1854
  • Pages: 400

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Responding to Southern Baptist founder Richard Fuller’s work on baptism, Joseph A. Seiss examines the roots of Christian baptism, studying the original Greek and Hebrew, the practice of the early church, and baptism through history. Seiss builds a case against total immersion as the only legitimate form of baptism. He provides a useful survey of the arguments for and against each practice, drawing on several contemporaneous nineteenth-century sources, and offers a robust defense of paedobaptism.

Lectures on the Gospels: For the Sundays and Chief Festivals of the Church Year, vol. 1, 3rd ed.

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Lutheran Book Store
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 579

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Lutheran minister Joseph A. Seiss provides sermons for the entire church calendar in this two-volume work. Seiss was convicted that neglecting the regular pericopes often obscured the gospel message, “allowing the incidents of the hour, or the mere convenience of the preacher, to assume the high place of deciding what the theme of the sermon shall be.” He preaches through the Gospel pericopes with evangelical zeal. Volume 1 contains 32 sermons, covering the first Sunday of Advent to the second Sunday after Easter.

Lectures on the Gospels: For the Sundays and Chief Festivals of the Church Year, vol. 2, 3rd ed.

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Lutheran Book Store
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 592

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Lutheran minister Joseph A. Seiss provides sermons for the entire church calendar in this two-volume work. Seiss was convicted that neglecting the regular pericopes often obscured the gospel message, “allowing the incidents of the hour, or the mere convenience of the preacher, to assume the high place of deciding what the theme of the sermon shall be.” He preaches through the Gospel pericopes with evangelical zeal. Volume 2 contains 32 sermons, covering the third Sunday after Easter to Thanksgiving day.

Lectures on the Epistles: For Sundays and the Chief Festivals, vol. 1

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Lutheran Book Store
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 527

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Following his series of lectures on the Gospel pericopes, Joseph A. Seiss continues his mission to “bring about a growing practical attention to the church year” with sermons on the pericopes of the epistles. Seiss emphasizes preaching the gospel as the core of the church’s mission, and highlights the role of the liturgical calendar and pericopes in maintaining this focus. Volume 1 contains 34 sermons, covering the first Sunday of Advent to the third Sunday after Easter.

Lectures on the Epistles: For Sundays and the Chief Festivals, vol. 2

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Lutheran Book Store
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 539

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Following his series of lectures on the Gospel pericopes, Joseph A. Seiss continues his mission to “bring about a growing practical attention to the church year” with sermons on the pericopes of the epistles. Seiss emphasizes preaching the gospel as the core of the church’s mission, and highlights the role of the liturgical calendar and pericopes in maintaining this focus. Volume 2 contains 34 sermons, covering the fourth Sunday after Easter to the twenty-seventh Sunday after Trinity.

Lectures on the Gospels and Epistles: For the Minor Festivals of the Church Year

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Lutheran Book Store
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 525

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A companion volume to Joseph A. Seiss’ Lectures on the Gospels and Lectures on the Epistles, this volume covers the minor festivals of the church year. The Scripture and sermons tend to focus on “more of applied Christianity,” and on texts that are “scarcely touched by the other appointed lessons.” This volume contains 18 sermons covering these festivals commemorating the saints.

Dost Thou Believe? Candid Talks on Vital Themes

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Board of Publication of the General Council
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 387

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Joseph A. Seiss preached and published in an era of great societal and political tumult. In this volume, Seiss addresses common themes that challenged Christianity in the nineteenth century—including the existence of God, divine revelation, and absolute truth. Seiss’ collected talks survey the range of arguments surrounding these themes in the nineteenth century, and reveal America’s religious temperature during his ministry.

Lententide Sermonettes

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Board of Publication of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 209

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Addressing a resurgence of interest in Lent among Christians, Joseph A. Seiss published this volume of 25 sermonettes for the season. Seiss preaches with an evangelical focus and an awareness of the increasingly complex audience he speaks to in the nineteenth century.

Passiontide Sermonettes

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Board of Publication of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Publication Date: 1901
  • Pages: 235

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A companion to his Lententide Sermonette, Joseph A. Seiss’ Passiontide Sermonettes offers 25 small discourses on Scripture designed to “aid in the contemplation of the chief particulars in the affecting and very important history of the passion of our Lord.”

Beacon Lights: A Series of Short Sermons

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Board of Publication of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 555

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Seeking to proclaim the gospel “in the plainest, strongest, and most direct way,” Joseph A. Seiss composed and collected 60 sermons in Beacon Lights. Swimming against the intellectual current of the nineteenth century, Seiss fights for “the supernatural elements in our holy Christianity, and not its mere ethical teachings,” as these “constitute its characteristic life and only saving power.”

The Letters of Jesus: Lenten Lectures

  • Author: Joseph A. Seiss
  • Publisher: Lutheran Book Store
  • Publication Date: 1889
  • Pages: 356

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This unique set of lectures for Lent are based in Revelation 2 and the seven letters to the churches. Seiss preaches with his characteristic enthusiasm for evangelism, seeking to bring out how the text “[calls] to mind the presence and inspection of God, his displeasure with sin, and how we are to secure salvation from it.”

About Joseph A. Seiss

Joseph A. Seiss (1823–1904) was a Lutheran theologian and minister. Born to a farming family in Maryland, his studious habits earned him the nickname “dreamer Joseph.” He was confirmed into the Moravian church at the age of 16, and studied at Pennsylvania College. He received his preaching license in 1842 and was ordained a Lutheran minister in 1844, and served in churches in Virginia and Maryland, before he was called to Philadelphia, where he spent most of his career as a minister. In addition to being a pastor, he was also a prolific writer and editor. Seiss edited the Prophetic Times and the Lutheran and wrote many books, most famously on pyramidology.