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Concordia Commentary

A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture

The Concordia Commentary series is designed to enable pastors, professors, and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text. This landmark work will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, interpreting Scripture as a harmonious unity centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Every passage bears witness to the Good News that God has reconciled the world to himself through our Lord’s life, death, and resurrection. This scholarly commentary series fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes “that which promotes Christ” in each pericope.

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Latest Release: Deuteronomy

Recorded in Deuteronomy, the final three sermons of the patriarch Moses reaffirm the pillars of the faith established earlier in the Pentateuch. Dr. Harstad sets out to prove that the book of Deuteronomy is a quintessential text, both for understanding the Old Testament and the New. With an original translation, he identifies key themes of law, gospel, justice, and love in Moses’ address to the Israelites in the plains of Moab. Harstad finds unique importance in the motivational tone Moses uses during his final exhortations of his people, interpreting its masterful rhetoric as exemplary of God’s unending grace and stalwart love for wayward Israel.

About the Author

Adolph L. Harstad is Professor of Exegetical Theology, Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato, Minnesota. He studied at Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin (B.A.), Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Wisconsin—Madison (M.A., Hebrew and Semitic Studies). He has also served as a parish pastor and missionary in Zambia, Africa.

Selection of Endorsements

“Deuteronomy holds essential themes of the entire Bible” (p. 3). Prof. Adolph Harstad expertly demonstrates the truth of this fundamental premise in this latest volume in the distinguished Concordia Commentary series. There are many other reasons for pastors, professors, and students of the Scriptures to consult this impressive, in-depth study of the fifth book of Moses. In addition to its rigorous, multifaceted exegetical value, I found the author’s compositional style to be eminently readable—a quality not often found in scholarly commentaries, past or present!
—Prof. Ernst R. Wendland, Stellenbosch University—Ancient Studies, Stellenbosch, South Africa; Lusaka Lutheran Seminary, Lusaka, Zambia; South African Theological Seminary, Sandton, South Africa

Drawing upon years of seminary teaching and African missionary experience, Prof. Harstad delivers in-depth analysis and superb commentary on Deuteronomy. His exegesis and commentary on the Decalogue provide a valuable resource for every teacher of Luther’s catechism. Shining throughout the book is the message of God’s glorious love in saving us by grace alone through Jesus Christ, the Seed of Eve, Abraham, and David. Harstad’s lively commentary is a strong encouragement for readers to serve the Lord God with all their heart and soul!
—Dr. Terry Louis Schultz, Artistic Development Missionary, WELS World Missions, Chicago, Illinois; former missionary to the Peruvian Amazon and Haiti

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Release Schedule

John 7:2-12:50 Fall 2022
Joel Summer 2023
Isaiah 13-27 Fall 2023
Isaiah 1—12 Summer 2024
Haggai and Malachi Fall 2024
Hosea Summer 2025