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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 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 the End of the World and On Hell. 
On the End of the World and On Hell consists of two of Johann Gerhard's commonplaces. The first, On the End of the World, considers the transition of fallen creation to the New Heaven and New Earth in the Eschaton. The second, On Hell, or Eternal Death, provides a comprehensive, scriptural argument for the existence of Hell, against the teaching of universal salvation apart from faith in Christ. Throughout, this commonplace remains resolutely hopeful, as Gerhard repeatedly emphasizes the importance of these teachings to instill rightly ordered fear of God in the Christian life. 

Release Schedule

On the Eternal Life Fall 2022
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.