The Lutheran Church is a deeply confessional tradition rooted in both formal confessions and catechisms. This classic text, edited by leading early-twentieth-century Lutheran scholar Henry Eyster Jacobs, is a compendium of the major symbolical works of the Lutheran Church. Translated from German, this volume presents the Lutheran faith as it is understood and obseved by Lutherans all over the world and is valuable both as both a research tool as well as a pedagogical tool for individuals, classes, and churches.
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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.