By Dr. Martin R. Noland, Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Evansville, IN Introduction A number of people have contacted me since early December about my opinion of Dr. Jeff Kloha’s stimulating lecture titled “Text and Authority: Theological and Hermeneutical Reflections on a Plastic Text.” I have told them that I needed to read it carefully, and ..
By Wally Becker “Behold the virgin is about to become pregnant and bear a son, and you will call his name Immanuel” (Is 7:14). Unfortunately, the commentary for this part of Isaiah, written by Dr. Andrew Bartelt, that will be part of the CPH Commentary Series, has not yet been published. It should be available in three years, ..
A symposium on biblical interpretation and approaches to studying the Scriptures was held at the Lutherische Theologische Hochschule, Oberursel (the seminary of the LCMS partner church in Germany) in November 2013. Eight members of the exegetical department of Concordia Seminary attended, with four giving major presentations and two giving responses to other major presentations. Participants ..
Gerry Bode will present on the 175 year history of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Editor’s Note: The following homiletical help is adapted from Concordia Journal, October 1998. By Jeffrey A. Gibbs Textual observations: The historical situation at the time of Isaiah’s prophecy isimpossible to determine. Oppression by Assyria is one possible setting. These verses are matched with Isaiah 34 as oracles regarding Edom’s doom and Israel’s salvation; the present text is ..
“The Gospel and Our Common Witness in the Public Square,” an open forum between the LCMS and NALC on December 16, 2013, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Dr. David Cherwien is this year’s clinician for the annual adult choir workshop
By Francis C. Rossow The tree metaphor with which the text begins is a continuation of the same metaphor introduced at the end of the preceding chapter (Is 10:33–34). There the metaphor is used for law purposes. “The Lord Almighty will lop off the boughs … the lofty trees will be felled” (NIV), and “Lebanon with its majestic ..
By Paul Philp A new church year has begun, and the prophet Isaiah gives us a glimpse of the future new creation by focusing us upon the past. Isaiah is prophesying about that which is yet to come in the restoration of the church, begun in Christ’s first advent and yet to be concluded in his second advent. ..
Editor’s Note: The Fall issue of the Concordia Journal is now being distributed to our subscribers. This issue is dedicated to various perspectives on ecumenism and church relations, including an essay by the important Luther scholar and Roman Catholic ecumenist, Fr. Jared Wicks, S.J. Our own Charles Arand provides a helpful introduction, highlighting the timeliness of ..