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A Summary of the Christian Faith

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This systematic theology, written from a confessional Lutheran perspective, is American theologian Henry Eyster Jacobs’ masterwork—a classic text studied by pastors, students, and laypeople since 1905. Unfolding in a catechetical format, the questions and answers lay out essential Lutheran doctrine. Jacobs offers Lutherans a “restatement of Lutheran doctrine in a form adapted to a new land and new age” and promotes understanding “not only of what is contained in our common heritage, but of the sources of strength whence our life may be renewed.”

Using Scripture (the American Revised Version), the Lutheran confessions, and the writings of Lutheran Fathers, Jacobs provides concise definitions and condensed arguments on theological points. Complete with an appendix and two indexes, this text makes a valuable resource, allowing you to quickly look up specific points, or study its entirety and gain a full portrait of Lutheran theology.

In the Logos edition, A Summary of the Christian Faith 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. Bolster your study of Jacobs’ work by cross-referencing and comparing with an extensive library of Lutheran scholarship. 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.

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Looking for more classic Lutheran resources? Check out Kretzmann’s Popular Bible Commentary and The Lutheran Cyclopedia.

  • Lays out essential Lutheran doctrine
  • Uses a catechetical format
  • Includes an appendix, analysis, and indexes

Henry Eyster Jacobs was professor at Pennsylvania College and, later, professor of systematic theology and president at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He also served as president of the General Conference of Lutherans, the American Society of Church History, and the German Society of Pennsylvania. He authored or edited numerous books including the The Lutheran Cyclopedia, The Lutheran Commentary (12 vols.), A Summary of the Christian Faith, First Free Lutheran Diet in America, Philadelphia, December 27–28, 1877, The Lutheran Movement in England, Martin Luther: The Hero of the Reformation, and The German Emigration to America, 1709–40.

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