Gerhard’s Theological Commonplaces

The greatest doctrinal text in the entire history of Lutheranism.

The Theological Commonplaces series is the most significant doctrinal Lutheran work following the Reformation. Today, it remains a classic of Lutheran theology. With skill and precision, Johann Gerhard presents 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 Eternal Life

On December 3, 1610, Gerhard held a disputation on the “four last things of man” these include death, resurrection, judgment, and then either hell or heaven. 1 Pet. 1:9 says that “the end of our faith” is “the salvation of our souls.” The translation of this verse has three different meanings that change the view of faith when Christians encounter mysteries not revealed in this lifetime. Each and every one of these meanings has its place in the apostolic text for a distinct reason. Gerhard makes a systematic attempt to answer these questions biblically and give advice on using this theology.

Release Schedule

On Death, Part One Fall 2023
On Death, Part Two Fall 2024

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.