Seasoned With Salt

What Luther Says, compiled by Ewald M. Plass (Concordia, 1958, 3 vols., 1692 pp., $25) is reviewed by E. P. Schulze, Minister of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer of Peekskill, New York.

There have been other anthologies of Luther. For the busy scholar who wants the briefest epitomes and can read German, nothing is better than Band XXIII of Luthers Saemmtliche Schriften (Concordia, 1910). Editor Hoppe’s index, which fills the large quarto volume, contains perhaps 25,000 or 30,000 direct quotations from Luther, and in each case a reference is given to the volume and column in which the statement is found in its context. Hoppe’s work also has the merit of presenting a list of references to Bible verses quoted by the Reformer.

But for those who desire, or are obliged, to read Luther in English, Plass’s trilogy will prove to be by far the most comprehensive work of its kind of which they can avail themselves. Indeed it approximates Hoppe’s index in the number of words quoted (between half a million and a million)—for the extracts, though far fewer, and arranged under a fraction of the number of topic heads, are in general considerably longer.

This handsome thesaurus was issued by Concordia Publishing House in response to a resolution of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Its three large volumes, beautifully buckram-bound and brilliant in typography, were prepared under the direction of Synod’s Committee for Scholarly Research by Professor Ewald M. Plass of Concordia College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, author of the book, This is Luther (Concordia, 1948).

The fruit of years of labor, this encyclopaedic compilation contains over 5000 quotations on more than 200 subjects alphabetically arranged under broad topical heads. ...

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