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Ecclesiastes Solomonis /

Publication: VVitebergae : Excudebat Ioannes Luft, 1532 . [8] pages, 125 leaves ; 16 cm. (8vo) Date: 1532

While Luther was in hiding at Wartburg Castle, he led a translation of the Bible into German. He completed the New Testament in 1522 and the Old Testament in 1534. This is a first edition of Luther’s translation of Ecclesiastes. Added 05/19/2017 by Seminary L.

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Das dise Wort Christi (Das ist mein Leib etc.) noch fest stehn widder der die Schwermgeister / by Luther, Martin,

Publication: [Wittemberg : Michael Lotther, 1527 . 74 leaves (148 p.) ; 19 cm. (4to) Date: 1527

Luther and Zwingli continued debating on the matter of reform. In particular, they debated on the understanding of Christ’s humanity in relation to the Eucharist. This work is an answer to Zwingli’s Amica Exegesis and reasserts that Christ’s human nature is ubiquitous, as Luther argued in his 1526 Sermon vom Sacrament. Added 05/19/2017 by Seminary L.

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Ad Ioannis Bvgenhagii Pomerani epistolam responsio Huldrychi Zuinglij ... by Zwingli, Ulrich,

Publication: [Zürich : C. Froschauer, 1525 . [19] p. : 21 cm. Date: 1525

Zwingli was a Swiss theologian and leading reformer in Switzerland. As a contemporary of Luther he was aware of Luther’s works but claimed not to be influenced by them. Johannes Bugenhagen was one of Luther’s closest allies and the first to openly criticize Zwingli’s teaching on the Eucharist in 1525.

This is Zwingli’s published response to Bugenhagen, who was also known as Pomeranus.

Added 05/19/2017 by Seminary L.

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Missae christianorum contra Luterana[m] missandi formula[m] Assertio. by Emser, Hieronymus,

Publication: [Dresden? : Emserpresse?], 1524 . [44] p. ; 22 cm. (4to) Date: 1524

Emser continued to publicly disagree with Luther on a number of theological issues. In this work, Emser dialogues with Luther and defends the Mass. This is a direct response to Luther’s Formula Missae et Communionis published in 1523. Added 05/19/2017 by Seminary L.

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Artickel, so da hetten sollen auffs Concilion zu Mantua, oder wo es würde sein, uberantwortet werden, von unsers teils wegen : und was wir annemen oder geben Kündten oder nicht &c / by Luther, Martin,

Publication: Wittenberg, 1538 . [63] p. ; 19 cm. Date: 1538

Pope Paul III called together a council to meet in Mantua following his election in 1536. The result was a report on the reformation and rebuilding of the church, Concilium de emendenda ecclesia, published in 1537. This report exposed many abuses of the church that had been criticized and attacked by Luther and other reformers, but failed to answer Luther’s call for true reform. Luther’s response came in the publication of his articles of faith in 1538, known as the Smalcald Articles. Added 05/19/2017 by Seminary L.

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Antwortt deutsch Mart. Luthers auff König Henrichs von Engelland Buch. by Luther, Martin,

Publication: Gedruckt tzu Wittemberg : Durch Nickell Schyrlentz, 1522 . [48] p. ; 19 cm. (4to) Date: 1522

King Henry VIII of England published Assertio Septem Sacrementorum, reasserting the keeping of seven sacraments in opposition to Martin Luther’s stated belief that there are only two true sacraments. Pope Leo X awarded Henry VIII the title of Defender of the Faith in 1521. This is Luther’s answer to Henry VIII’s book. He reasserts his opinions about the sacraments while also suggesting that Henry VIII did not write his own book. Added 05/19/2017 by Seminary L.

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Doctoris Martini Lutheri Acta VVormaciæ in Comitiis Imperialibus Principum. Anno salutis nostrae M.D.XXI, by Erasmus, Desiderius,

Publication: [Hagenau : Anshelm], 1521 . [10] leaves ; 10 cm. (4to) Date: 1521

In 1521, Emperor Charles V convened the imperial Diet of Worms, a general assembly of all the estates in the Holy Roman Empire. Luther was called to the assembly to answer questions about his views and works. Luther would not renounce his works or his views, but did apologize for the harsh tone of his writings in which he attacked individuals. At the conclusion of the assembly, the Edict of Worms was passed on May 25, 1521 banning Luther’s writings and calling for his arrest.

This is Erasmus’ account of and thoughts on the proceedings at Worms published that same year.

Added 05/19/2017 by Seminary L.

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Desiderii Erasmi. ad Reuerendissimu[m] Moguntinen.[sium] Praesulem: atq[ue] illustrissimu[m] Principe[m], epistola : no[n]nihil D. Martini Lutheri negocium attingens. by Erasmus, Desiderius,

Publication: [Nürnberg : Peypus, 1520 . [4] leaves ; 19.5 cm. Date: 1520

This is one of several unauthorized printings of a letter Erasmus wrote in 1519 to Albert of Brandenburg, Archbishop of Mainz. Erasmus endorses many of Luther’s views in this letter. Some scholars have seen the unauthorized printing of this letter as an attempt to damage Erasmus in his arguments with Luther on the matter of free will. Added 05/19/2017 by Seminary L.

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De disputatione lipsicensi, quantum ad Boemos obiter deflexa est / by Emser, Hieronymus,

Publication: [Leipzig : Melchior Lotter, 1519 . [12] p. (6 leaves) ; 20 cm. Date: 1519

Two years after Martin Luther published the 95 Theses, a public debate was held in Leipzig between Johann Eck and Andreas Karlstadt. It lasted two months, June to July 1519. Martin Luther joined the debate in July 1519 at the invitation of Eck.

This is an account of the Leipzig Disputation between Eck, Karlstadt, and Luther written by Hieronymus Emser, a German theologian who believed in a more practical reformation of clergy. Emser’s strong critiques of Luther in the time following the Leipzig Disputation make him one of Luther’s most notable adversaries.

Added 05/19/2017 by Seminary L.

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A venatione Luteriana aegocerotis assertio / by Emser, Hieronymus,

Publication: [Leipzig : Martin Landsberg, 1519 . 44 p. ; 20 cm. (4to) Date: 1519

Once sympathetic to Luther’s call for reformation, Hieronymus Emser parted ways with the reformer in 1519 after his radical calls for change at the Leipzig Disputation. This work violently challenges Luther’s assertions and sparked a vicious antagonism between the two theologians. Added 05/19/2017 by Seminary L.

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The Asian & Abrahamic religions a divine encounter in America : a documentary /

Publication: [Potomac, Md.] : Auteur Productions, 2011 . 1 videodisc (155 min.) : 4 3/4 in. + Date: 2011

Please note: This DVD seems particularly timely because of the controversy about how to treat American Muslims in the current election.

This video is the best thing I've seen on world religions in America! Not only does it include the top scholars I'm aware of in the field but it reveals the healing and unifying side of each of the faiths already present in our land and our history. Even though Christ must always be unique and central to us as Christians, there may just be a path to unity in the world religious realm that I hardly thought possible.

This dvd is the final of three and with the earlier two I imagine we'd have a fantastic Adult Ed. resource for many of our churches.There are already study guides developed. One of the key authors is an almost retired professor from Gordon Conwell, so I imagine even the evangelicals among us might be satisfied! And what could be more timely in our "trumped up" times?

Truth be told, I haven't watched the entire series because our LTS library only has the third of three. (So I haven't watched the one on Christianity and Islam.) Added 03/30/2016 by John P.

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Jehovah's Witnesses : portrait of a contemporary religious movement / by Holden, Andrew,

Publication: London ; | New York : Routledge, 2002 . xiii, 206 p. ; 24 cm. Date: 2002

The author, Andrew Holden, presents a fairly objective evaluation of the Jehovah's Witnesses in modern secular society. The book is described as an "ethnographic study" as Holden writes from a sociologist's perspective. While the research is thorough and well documented, it is the direct quotes he gathers from current and former members that helps to capture an inside view of a very private religious community. The Witnesses shun the modern secular world yet it is modernity that aids them in attracting new members in search of absolute "truth" and/or the safety of a totalitarian system. Founded by a businessman from Pittsburgh in the late nineteenth century, the sect has continued to flourish despite an overall breakdown in Western populations identifying with orthodox Christian sects. Holden's first hand accounts are based in Great Britain where he resides. The book provides an in depth overview of the millenarian religious movement that is the Jehovah's Witnesses. Added 11/19/2015 by Hannah B.

Parental guidance advised : adult preaching from the Old Testament /

Publication: . xi, 147 pages ; 23 cm

This is the Friday Featured New Book for March 13, 2015. The following is the description from the publisher's website:

"Parental Guidance Advised shows the Old Testament to be a creative, humorous, insightful, bawdy, dynamic, and enriching collection of sacred literature hammered out over centuries of wrestling with the divine/human relationship. It depicts the Old Testament not as a series of scenes of saints in action but rather as real-life stories of sinners who, somehow, despite themselves, become protagonists in God’s plot of salvation.

"Drawing from all three years of the lectionary and non-lectionary texts, Parental Guidance Advised provides profound and provocative sermons that honor the depth and complexity of both Bible and everyday life. Each chapter includes a brief essay on its topic, followed by suggested texts for preaching. Nine scholars offer their insights in honor of renowned professor John C. Holbert: Ronald J. Allen, Walter Brueggemann, Roy L. Heller, Ruthanna B. Hooke, Martha Myre, Richard Nelson, Richard Stern, Steven Tuell, and Mary Donovan Turner." Added 03/13/2015 by Myka S.

John in the company of poets : the Gospel in literary imagination / by Gardner, Thomas,

Publication: Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, 2011 . xiv, 222 p. ; 24 cm. Date: 2011

I've loved modern American poetry for some time(A poem by Stanley Kunitz called "The Layers" helped renew my call to ministry in my first church back in the late '70s) But I never thought of a way that modern poetry could be used to enrich a literary reading of one of the Gospels! This author isn't a pastor but is a university professor of literature at VPI. In my experience you have to be extremely selective when using modern poetry in sermons, but I'm fascinated by this author's use of modern poetry to elucidate key portions of the Gospel of John. Added 03/04/2015 by John P.

A womanist pastoral theology against intimate and cultural violence / by Crumpton, Stephanie M.,

Publication: . xii, 212 pages ; 23 cm.

This is our Featured New Book for Friday, February 20, 2015. Dr. Stephanie Crumpton is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology.

From the publisher's website: "This book is about Black women's search for relationships and encounters that support healing from intimate and cultural violence. Narratives provide an ethnographic snapshot of this violence, while raising concerns over whether or not existing paradigms for pastoral care and counseling are congruent with how many Black women approach healing."

Dr. Crumpton also gave a lecture here on Thursday, February 19 entitled, "Laugh, Dance, Cry: Womanist Practices of Re-Bodying Identities Dis-Integrated by Violence." Added 02/20/2015 by Myka S.

Professional sexual ethics : a holistic ministry approach /

Publication: . x, 244 pages ; 23 cm

This is the featured new book for Friday, February 13, 2014. From the publisher's website: "Sexual health is an essential part of maintaining professional relationships in ministry. Focusing on implications for the practice of ministry, this book engages all dimensions of theological education and academic disciplines. Each chapter includes an analysis of common ministry situations, discussion questions, practical guidelines, and resources for further study. The volume is ideal for use in courses on professional ethics for ministry, advanced leadership training, and continuing education for clergy." Added 02/13/2015 by Seminary L.

For freedom or bondage? : a critique of African pastoral practices / by Acolatse, Esther.

Publication: . v, 227 pages ; 22 cm

This is the Friday Featured New Book for February 6, 2015.

From the publisher's website: "In For Freedom or Bondage? Esther Acolatse argues that Christian pastoral practices in many African churches include too much influence from African traditional religions. She examines Ghana Independent Charismatic churches as a case study, offering theological and psychological analysis of current pastoral care practices through the lenses of Barth and Jung. Facilitating a three-strand conversation between African traditional religion, Barthian theology, and Jungian analytical psychology, Acolatse interrogates problematic cultural narratives and offers a more nuanced approach to pastoral care." Added 02/06/2015 by Myka S.

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