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The Lutheran Study Bible: English Standard Version Hardcover – October 31, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2372 pages
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing House (October 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758617607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758617606
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Lutheran Study Bible uses an excellent translation.
Stephen Schumacher
Among all the churches, only the Eastern Orthodox and Lutheran churches have preserved this distinction, with Eastern Orthodoxy much better than Lutheranism.
Rich Futrell
I recently purchased this Study Bible, after waiting for it with great anticipation... and it was well worth the wait.
Bradley A. Varvil

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142 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Rich Futrell on October 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod selected the English Standard Version as the best overall translation for its churches to use, the idea of a from-the-ground-up study Bible took root. And so in 2003, the study-Bible effort began. This Bible to be was not going to be someone else's study Bible with added notes to give it a Lutheran patina, like the Concordia Self-Study Bible. This effort wanted to produce the best study Bible ever!

And so biblical experts from many Lutheran Church bodies around the world were asked to contribute their efforts. And to make sure that the notes were helpful to real readers--and answered real questions they had as they read the Bible--400 laypersons were included as volunteer readers. As they read through their assigned parts of the Bible, they wrote down questions they had from those portions of the Bible. This helped ensure that the notes answered real questions real people were asking, not simply producing an academic wunderkind.

Over seven years later, The Lutheran Study Bible (TLSB) is now in print.

What's Good

Book Introductions: The introductions are splendid. They don't hesitate to deal with topics that have afflicted Christendom in the last century, such as historical-higher criticism. The introductions don't succumb to viewing scripture as any other literature, but they do discuss form, genre, and literary devices when it's helpful. The introductions also include excerpts from Luther's introductions--an added bonus!

Book Outlines: The outlines, which grace the beginning of each book, are the best I've ever seen. I've seen outlines in some study Bibles that are nearly useless because they are too generic and broad to be of much help.
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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Roger on October 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Amazing. I invested in the ESV Study Bible but was disappointed by its misrepresentation of Lutheran beliefs and teachings, so I invested in this one as a supplement. After spending a couple of weeks of reading The Lutheran Study Bible (TLSB) and comparing it with the ESV Study Bible (I ordered my copy of TLSB directly from CPH), I must admit that it is not what I had expected. In fact, it exceeded my expectations and has since become my primary / preferred Study Bible. In some aspects, it is unlike any of the other Study Bibles that I have in my collection. In addition to the usual stuff you would more or less expect to find in a Study Bible, there are quotes from the Church Fathers and prayers, as well as more than a few notes and articles that address modern questions, challenges, and struggles that are actually relative to our lives, our families, our society, and our churches. Most notes and articles address historical contexts, theology, and some neat tidbits from archaeology, etc. Common to Lutheran theology, God's theme of love, forgiveness, justification and the Gospel flow throughout, as well as the proper distinction between Law and Gospel. While being written and published entirely by (primarily conservative) Lutherans from around the world, TLSB also has quotes and references to non-Lutheran writings and authorities. And did I mention that TLSB actually has SOURCE references to their quotes?! No more asking: "Where is that great quote taken from?" They add it so readers can find and read it for themselves!

Since this is a "Lutheran" Study Bible, I did not expect it to promote any beliefs or teachings that are contrary to (conservative) Lutheranism. For some this may be an issue, but most Study Bibles are almost exclusively rooted in Reformed or Evangelical theology.
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Dan Sheppard on April 13, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought the Lutheran Study Bible from Concordia Publishing (make sure it is Concordia; the ELCA has a bible with the same name, but gender neutralized, etc). The Bible is fabulous and includes not only the ESV version of the Bible text, but the narrative notes for all the passages just below the verses.

All the narrative comments are based upon the expertise of the Concordia seminary professors and expert translators, who have looked at the original Greek and Hebrew. As you read the comments, you can be assured that those comments are written from a Lutheran perspective, so you will expect to see some of the conservative Lutheran views, such as pro-infant baptism, amillenialism, Law & Gospel, and so on.

Although I have owned the book since it came out last October 31, 2009, the digital version just came out today (March 13, 2010). So I eagerly ordered my Kindle copy. I do not have to mess up my Bible with highlighting (nothing wrong with that, per se), but can highlight and put notes into the Kindle version. By the way, buy a Kindle; they are great!

In addition, you can read this Bible on your iPhone, by getting the iPhone version of Kindle. All notes and highlights you put into the Bible on either device, will be located on your other device. I read my iPhone when away from home, then synch up when I get home and continue from where I left off on my Kindle.

Imagine, having not only your Bible with you virtually all the time; you also have a massive store of commentary to go along with it.

Good/Bad. The weight of the BOOK can be prohibitive, when a person buys the LARGE PRINT. With the Kindle version, just change your font. No more weight to carry. I have heard of ministers, who use theirs, to preach from. I bet an iPad will afford one the same flexibility.

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Edward Engelbrecht (B.S., M.Div., S.T.M.) is a contributing editor to the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award Finalist "The Story Bible." He is known as a writer and editor who makes biblical studies and theology understandable. Persons as diverse as Jewish scholar Emanuel Tov of Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the moms at Christian Children's Book Review have commended his publications. He serves as Senior Editor for Bible Resources at Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO.

Edward has developed or contributed to several major publications including The Lutheran Study Bible, The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes, Concordia's Complete Handbook of the Bible, Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions (A Reader's Edition), The Church from Age to Age: A History---and for children, The Story Bible: 130 Stories of God's Love. Edward is an ordained minister in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and served as a pastor in Illinois before being invited to work as an editor in St. Louis. His professional and academic research has appeared in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology, Concordia Journal, and Concordia Theological Quarterly. His most recent research appears in Friends of the Law: Luther's Use of the Law for the Christian Life. On the weekends he serves as a guest preacher and Bible class teacher, enjoying life with his dear wife and four children.

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