01 February 2009

Lutheran Study Bible

The Lutheran blogosphere is abuzz with tantalizing tidbits that CPH is letting drop about the new Lutheran Study Bible. My buddy, Paul McCain, has been rather shocked at my silence on the topic. It's not that I'm not excited about the project - I truly am, and will recommend it to all my parishioners. But study bibles in general have never been my cup of tea. My preferred form of the Bible is the text with some decent cross references. I have always found that study Bibles excel at explaining in detail what I didn't have any questions about; and ignoring the passages that leave me scratching my head. Now, maybe this new study Bible will be different. I sure hope so! From what I've seen it looks like it will be a helpful resource for the Lutheran Christian (much more so than the NIV "Lutheran" Study Bible which added a scattering of Lutheran notes to an otherwise Reformed and at times shockingly critical apparatus), and I hope that it will be a great tool for the Christian to use in the battles for the faith - most especially against the devil, the world, and our flesh!


Jim said...


As long as there are other study Bibles out there, I suppose we ought to have one as well. But I've never been a fan of the category of Bible for pretty much the same reason.

Actually, I'd extend your criticism to most commentaries as well: long on the obvious, unhelpful on most matters for which one needs some expert opinion.

Past Elder said...

Is the ESV Concordia Study Edition going to stay in print?

That'a what I use for my regular Bible.

Pr. Lehmann said...

Just so you know, the Super Bowl was tonight. It was played between Pittsburgh and Arizona. The score was Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23.

The name of Pittsburgh's team is the Steelers. The name of Arizona's team is the Cardinals.

The Super Bowl is the championship for football. That's the game with the pointy ball.

Just in case anyone asks. :-)

You know I love you.


Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

And the other must know important fact:

Santonio Holmes is from The Ohio State University. :)

Kurt Onken said...

And don't forget the all-important "THE" in the title "The Lutheran Study Bible"...to distinguish it from Augsburg/Fortress' lesser product, simply "Lutheran Study Bible," without the "The."

So "there."

Past Elder said...

I'm all over that!

I like "the". Definite article.

As in The Lutheran Hymnal, to distinguish it from lesser products which aren't.

Everyone knows "Cardinals" is the name of a team in St Louis that plays the mind of God at sport, baseball.

William Weedon said...

Pr. Lehmann,

What ARE you talking about???? WHAT "Super Bowl"? I like bowling a great deal, myself. I just can't seem to knock down the danged pins.

Pr. Lehmann said...

It's a man thing. You just wouldn't understand.


William Weedon said...

Why do you persist in equating manhood with Neaderthalism?

Pr. Lehmann said...

Probably because I've been reading The Everlasting Man and Chesterton does it. ;-)

He notes that all we know about cavemen is that they were artists.

wmc said...

Agreed on study Bibles. My preferred form of the Scriptures wouldn't even have chapter and verse numbers.

Weedon's too busy shaping his manly figure to sit on a couch and watch the Super Bowl. Great fourth quarter.

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

Perhaps, wmc, but one can exercise and watch football at time same time! Even with my pitiful coordination.

THE (thee) Lutheran Study Bible sounds downright faux Jacobian. In a good way. I await the Monty Python adaptation, smiting NIV study bibles "in thy mercy".

One, two, five (three sire!) three!

Past Elder said...

Listen you yammering kids, speaking of cavemen, there was a time when there was NO Super Bowl, and I remember it!

15 January 1967. I was 16.

Besides, everyone knows the big game to finish football this season was Big Red in the Gator Bowl.

Anonymous said...

Good game yesterday, even if "my" team lost in the last minute. :(

We'll see about the "Study Bible" when it gets here, (or maybe sometime later.)
I'm doing reasonably well by asking questions as necessary. :)

Paul McCain said...

I prefer the Bible in the original languages, preferably the original manuscripts.

But this is looking very nice too.