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A Firm Foundation: An Aid to Interpreting the Heidelberg Catechism
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A Firm Foundation: An Aid to Interpreting the Heidelberg Catechism


Paternoster, Baker 1995

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One of the most influential of the Reformed catechisms is the Heidelberg Catechism (also known as the Palatinate Catechism). Combining the best of Lutheran and Reformed teaching, and counteracting the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, it is an instructional manual on the basics of the Protestant Christian faith. The Heidelberg Catechism is divided into 52 sections (called Lord’s Days), and includes 129 questions on the faith, divided into three parts: The Misery of Man; The Redemption of Man; and The Gratitude Due from Man.

This commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism offers comfort from God’s Word in our troubled times. In this edition, Olevianus comments on the Lord’s Days 5 through 24. This study—aimed towards pastors, students, and laypeople—is edited by one of the most competent scholars on this subject.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Explores the nuances as well as the basics of this manual for the Protestant Christian faith
  • Offers clear and intelligent commentary on the Lord’s Days 5 through 24
  • Discusses the Heidelberg Catechism with the insight of one of the most respected scholars on the subject

Praise for the Print Edition

The translation is competent both in its rendering of the German text and its fluidity in English. . . . Bierma has provided an excellent translation of a significant work by one of the key figures of the ‘second Reformation.’

The Sixteenth Century Journal

Product Details

About Casper Olevianus

Casper Olevianus (1536–1587) was a leading German Reformed theologian and organizer of the Reformed Church in the Palatinate.

About Lyle D. Bierma

Lyle D. Bierma is the Jean and Kenneth Baker Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary.