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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: James

It could be said that the epistle of James has had a troubled history in Lutheran circles. Beyond its status as a disputed book in ancient considerations of the canon, James’s apparently contradictory teaching on faith and works can seem quite troubling. In this original translation, Rev. Dr. Curtis P. Giese tackles James with a thorough, faithful commentary. He argues that the book is truly scriptural, written by James the half-brother of Christ, and that the teaching on justification is reconcilable with the rest of the scriptures. Giese treats recent scholarship, giving particular focus to the various interpretations of the structure of James, whether as a disjointed collection of semi-essays or an intentional, integrated narrative. He also extensively treats the reception of James by Luther and the Reformers in the face of pressures from the Roman church.

About the Author

Reverend Dr. Curtis P. Giese is a professor in the Theology Division at Concordia University Texas in Austin, where he has taught Greek and New Testament since 2004. He was born and raised in Wausau, Wisconsin, and received his education at Concordia University-St. Paul (B.A.), Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri (M. Div., S.T.M), Lutherische Theologische Hochschule, Oberursel, Germany, and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio (M. Phil., Ph.D.) where his emphasis was Judaism in the Greco-Roman period.

Selection of Endorsements

"While some Biblical commentaries excel in a few areas, they often are deficient in other aspects related to the Biblical text. Professor Giese’s commentary on James, however, excels in all areas of what makes a good commentary – familiarity with introductory issues, thorough linguistic analysis, awareness of previous research, fairness in analysis, theological accuracy, expository explanations, and adequate practical application. It is difficult to find any area of weakness in his discussions of this important but neglected ancient letter. I was particularly impressed with his thorough analysis and fair conclusions about the controversies surrounding “Luther and James” (50-62). This is commenting as it was designed to be."
William Varner, Professor of Biblical Studies and Greek, The Master’s University
Author of James: An Exegetical Commentary 

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Release Schedule

James Fall 2021
Deuteronomy Summer 2022
John 7:2—12:50 Fall 2022
Joel Summer 2023
Isaiah 13—27 Fall 2023