Luther's Small Catechism, with Explanation

Luther's Small Catechism, with Explanation

by Martin Luther
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Luther's Small Catechism, with Explanation by Martin Luther

This version of Luther's Small Catechism features scripture references taken from the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible.

Written by Martin Luther in 1529 in question and answer format, the Small Catechism explores the Six Chief Parts of Christian Doctrine: the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Confession, and the Sacrament of the Altar. Also included are daily prayers, a table of duties for Christians in their various callings in life, and a guide for Christians to use as they prepare to receive Holy Communion. Luther intended the catechism to be a prayer book for individuals and families and a powerful tool for the Christian life because it provides a brief, clear summary of God's Word on the essentials of the Christian faith.

Additional reference material includes: books of the Bible; the creeds and confessions; an explanation of Luther's seal; an explanation of the church year; fifty terms relating to worship and God's House; a brief history of the time between the testaments; an outline of God's salvation plan; and fifty Christian symbols and their meanings.

The explanation contained in this text was not written by Martin Luther. An explanation designed to help students understand and apply Luther's Small Catechism has accompanied editions of the Catechism since the early days of Lutheranism. The explanation is based upon and largely includes the work of Johann Konrad Dietrich, Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther, Heinrich Christian Schwan, and the committee that prepared the synodical catechism of 1943.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758611215
Publisher: Concordia Publishing House
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 47,322
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Luther's Small Catechism, with Explanation 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
rft183 More than 1 year ago
Since I have recently moved, I had been looking for a new church home. I seem to have found one in a local Lutheran church. I recently purchased this book to give me an overview of the Church's beliefs. This is such a great book; it is easy to read and gives a lot of bible references in the Explanation section. Plus, most of the text of the bible verses are included, so that you do not have to use both this book and a bible if you do not want to. If you do, however, there are longer readings that are referenced, though the text is not included. This feature makes the book a great devotional tool.
talltales More than 1 year ago
Anyone desiring to know more about the Christian Faith will be pleasantly  pleased with reading Luther's Small Catechism. The commandments, creeds, Lord's Prayer and sacraments are explained via questions that a reader may be pondering. I've read it twice recently and plan to begin another trip through it tomorrow. I've given several away to people who I felt were searching..   
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Kelljo69 More than 1 year ago
Easy to read and helpful to young and older readers alike.