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Gerhard’s Theological Commonplaces

The greatest doctrinal text in the entire history of Lutheranism.

The Theological Commonplaces series is the most significant theological work of Lutheran orthodoxy after the Reformation and remains a classic of Lutheran theology. With skill and precision, Johann Gerhard sets forth the Christian faith from Scripture in dialogue with the Church Fathers, medieval theology, Luther, and a multitude of contemporary theologians.

Each hardback volume features:

  • The English translation of Gerhard’s Loci Theologici (originally published 1610–25).
  • Glossary of key theological, rhetorical, and philosophical terms.
  • Name and Scripture indexes.
  • Carefully researched list of works cited, which presents guidance for deciphering the numerous abbreviations of the other titles from which Gerhard quotes.



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Latest Release: On Interpreting Sacred Scripture and Method of Theological Study

On Interpreting Sacred Scripture and Method of Theological Study expounds the authority of Scripture as God’s Word, the proper interpretation of God’s Word according to the rule of faith, the proper use of allegory and human reason in interpretation, and the three requirements for interpretation (prayer, meditation, and testing). In addition to these two 1610 commonplaces on Scripture, this volume also includes Gerhard’s Method of Theological Study, thus revealing his process for the study of God’s Word and theology: fluency in biblical languages; intensive study of Scripture; proper use of philosophy and academic disputation; instruction in preaching; immersion in the writings of Luther, church fathers, and other theologians; personal experience and the devil’s testing.

Release Schedule

On Justification Spring 2019
On Good Works Fall 2019

About Johann Gerhard

Johann Gerhard (October 17, 1582–August 17, 1637) is remembered as the “Archtheologian of Lutheranism.” Gerhard was the most influential of the seventeenth-century Lutheran theologians. He decisively influenced Protestant theologians to study the evangelical (i.e., Gospel-centered) character of the pre-Reformation Christianity.