16 February 2009

Eating My Words

Okay, okay. So I spent some time this week with the Lutheran Study Bible material that CPH has available for perusal. I said I'm not the sort to get excited about study Bibles in general, but holy cow! The notes are DIFFERENT from so many study Bibles. I can't tell you the number of times I was reading pertinent commentary by my favorite St. John Chrysostom in the notes - not to mention goodies by Luther and others! The more I've looked at it (I spent some time in the Job selection), the more astonished I became. Sadly, Reformation Day is a LONG TIME away! I can't wait to get my hands on it. CPH, I don't know what's gotten into you, but from LSB to Concordia to Treasury to Lutheran Study Bible - WOW. I can only say: Thank God for your hard work and your faithfulness. If you've not explored the latest offering, you can check it out here:

Lutheran Study Bible

P.S. Hey, Lucciola, note the lovely MAUVE!

19 comments:

Paul McCain said...
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Paul McCain said...

Thanks, Pr. Weedon. I kind of thought you just had not had the chance yet to take a closer look. I'm glad you noticed several things that you found encouraging! I truly can say that there simply has not been a study Bible like this one before, in English, for Lutherans and all Christians to enjoy.

Paul McCain said...

It's NOT Mauve. Mauve is:

— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #E0B0FF
RGBB (r, g, b) (224, 176, 255)
HSV (h, s, v) (276°, 31%, 97%)
Source [Unsourced]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

This is BURGUNDY, not Mauve. Burgundy is:

— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #800020
RGBB (r, g, b) (128, 0, 32)
HSV (h, s, v) (345°, 50%, 50%)
Source [Unsourced]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Oh, by the way, you might want to refer folks to the web site where they can view samples from the Bible:

http://www.cph.org/lutheranbible

Jeremy Loesch said...

Rev. Weedon, May the words you have to eat taste as sweet as honey in your mouth!

I too have been impressed with what I have seen online. I tried to pre-order a copy with that pre-paid card Concordia Plans sent out for taking a health assessmen but it keeps saying the card is declined. I'll keep trying though.

Good job Paul and all the folks at CPH. I'm only 35 so this may not have the year's of experience or observatiob to support it, but...I don't think CPH has ever produced such consistently high-quality material as they have in the last decade. I do remember the 80s and how the material left much to be desired. Keep it up CPH!

Sorry to sidetrack your thread.

Jeremy

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

So long as it's not The Lavender Study Bible, I'm happy.

Lutheran Lucciola said...

Oh, cute. Uh-huh! ;-)

I will have to look at it in real time, to see if it truly mauve, or just that boring burgundy again. Thankfully the insides are good, from what you say.

Thursday's Child said...

Oh, for crying out loud, who cares what color it is? I just want the darn thing.

Past Elder said...

God bless me, all the bleeders are burgundy, the BOC, the LSB, the TDP and soon the LSB.

Wait! Who didn't ruddy notice that now we'll have TWO LSBs! Flying Judas at the proving grounds, a colour problem is one thing, but acronym confusion -- cannot be!

The real colour problem is not the colour per se, but its name. It's polysyllabic! Great Judas in the scriptorum, generations have loved the "red" hymnal even though a good many of them are blue! Then we got a "blue" hymnal, LW. Not to mention that enduring monument of Vatican II for Lutherans, the "green" hymnal, LBW.

The "burgundy" hymnal with a polyuse acronym? Somebody needs to stay up later to think of these things! Wait, I got it! It's not just a hymnal or a bible, it's a whole series. The Burgundy Books. That's it! It even has alliteration going for it, unlike, say, the Three Standard Books of the ruddy Mormons!

That's solved! Maybe since Schuetz turned me down as an interfaith dialogger I'll see if they're hiring at CPH.

Jeremy Loesch said...

Hello Past Elder, I did notice the duplication of acronyms, and it makes me chuckle. But I find the use of the definite article 'The' to be important. The hymnal is LSB, the Bible is TLSB. And when I have mentioned it to parishioners, I get to talk about both books, so I'm kind of glad that the publications share something in common, or many things in common.

Jeremy

Past Elder said...

I was about to get on board with that, Pastor. But, a four letter acronym? Now THAT's too Catholic!! RCIA, NCCB, SPOF (which still sends me appeals for money and Bishop Sheen's been dead for years), too Catholic!

The definite article thing though, yeah. Only one hymnal's got that, in more senses than one -- THE Lutheran Hymnal, the Red Hymnal. Which true to form, of the two we have in the home, one of them, the one my wife got on her confirmation, is blue.

I'm gonna change my blog name to Page Fifteen one of these days.

Paul McCain said...

Jeremy: bingo. There's the method to the "madness."

We would like folks to think of their Bible when they think of their hymnal, and their hymnal when they think of their Bible.

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Paul McCain said...

The "burgundy books" are, if anyone bothers to give it a think for a moment or two, all volumes comprising what we are calling:

The Essential Lutheran Library, or, if you are keeping track of these things: TELL.

The ELL or TELL or "The Essential Lutheran Library" consists of:

The Lutheran Study Bible
The Lutheran Confessions
The Lutheran Service Book
Luther's Small Catechism with Explanation
The Lutheran Book of Prayer
The Treasury of Daily Prayer

Six books every Lutheran should own, and use!

Now you know, the rest of the story.

And for those of you who do not like the color burgundy, I have three words for you: get over it.

: )

Past Elder said...

I'd better copyright that "Burgundy Books" thing before PRL gets to his office!

I like ELL. TELL might go over better with the missional crowd though.

Of the five that are out, I've got three. Why, if a person has the TDP, would he also need the LBP? (Not a figure of speech, I'm actually asking.)

Any chance of burgundy covers for God Grant It!? That is one fabulous book; functionally it's my tdp.

I'm cool with the burgundy btw. Just wish it had a single syllable name.

Past Elder said...

Make that PTM, not PRL. Forgot to enable the "I know what you meant" function in Vista.

christl242 said...

Hmmm, let's see:

The Lutheran Study Bible -- pending

The Lutheran Confessions -- check!

The Lutheran Service Book -- check!

Luther's Small Catechism with Explanation -- check!

The Lutheran Book of Prayer -- check!

The Treasury of Daily Prayer -- check! (I lOVE my TPD!)

Hey, five out of six ain't bad!

Christine

Paul McCain said...

See:

http://cyberbrethren.typepad.com/cyberbrethren/2009/02/let-me-tell-you-about-tell-the-essential-lutheran-library.html

Jeremy Loesch said...

I love the burgundy color, because I love the Washington Redskins! How about CPH seeing if they could print the game day programs for the 'Skins? They get about 90K at every home game, most willing to shell out fat cash for anything in burgundy and gold. And I bet you could slip in a hymn verse or two right after the text for "Hail to the Redskins" "Hail to the Lord's Annointed" might fit. Have the marketing folks get on that!

Jeremy

Lutheran Lucciola said...

I got three words for you, Irish...;-)

(Italian comedy slang, but better not post here anyway!)