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Volume I

The Historical Books of the Old Testament:

Genesis to Esther

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Our Literary Board of 1918 initiated this is, indeed, not a Lutheran commentary in undertaking and, after very mature consid- the sense that it comments on the Bible eration, nominated the author and drafted with a view to establishing the Lutheran the general character and scope of this doctrines, though, as a matter of fact, it POPULAR COMMENTARY. Accordingly Prof. does establish the Lutheran doctrine from Paul E. Kretzmann, Ph. D., D. D., was the Bible; it is not a Lutheran commencalled from the position of instructor at tary in the sense that it starts with LuConcordia College, St. Paul, Minn., in 1919 theran beliefs and proves them from the and has been continuously engaged in the Bible, though, as a matter of fact, it does preparation of the manuscript for this prove the Lutheran beliefs from the Bible; COMMENTARY ever since. At the present but it is a Lutheran commentary in the time, April, 1923, he is writing the con- sense that it starts with the Bible and ends cluding chapters on the Old Testament, with the Bible, as did Luther and as do all the two volumes on the New Testament conservative Christians, such as the Luhaving been published in 1921 and 1922, therans are or should be. It is a Lutheran respectively. Credit is due not only to the commentary in the sense that all Lutheran Literary Board (Prof. Theo. Graebner, users will be grateful for the fact that their chairman, Prof. J. H. C. Fritz, Rev. L. Lutheran sense of propriety and their LuBuchheimer, Rev. W. F. Wilk; later suc- theran reverence for the inspired writings ceeded by Rev. A. Doerffler and Mr. E. of the Bible are not offended by trivialities, Seuel), but also to Professors E. Pardieck or worse, by the promulgation of hypotheses and J. T. Mueller, who, on behalf of the and deductions in opposition to the dicta of theological faculty of Concordia Seminary, the Holy Spirit. It is a Lutheran St. Louis, critically read the manuscripts mentary in the sense that it proclaims the and the proof-sheets. The author also ac- truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the knowledges with thanks the cooperative truth, as Luther and Lutherans have found and suggestive assistance of other living it in the Bible - truths that are truths not authorities besides the authors whose books because they are Lutheran, but truths that he quotes, or the results of whose literary are Lutheran because they are Biblical. labor he has condensed or quoted. The The publishers expect to market this reader is here referred to the preface COMMENTARY principally among Lutherans, written by Prof. J. T. Mueller for Vol. I though the publishers would fain find their of the New Testament.

principal sales among non-Lutherans. Reviewers of the volumes of this work God's blessing has manifestly been with which preceded this present volume in time the author and with the publishers during of publication have labeled it a Lutheran

the preparation of this book. May His commentary. If correctly understood, we blessing abide with the book and its users! are proud to accept this designation. It



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