Modern reprinting methods continue to revive many valuable religious books which have long been unavailable. During 1959–60 many works reappeared.
Since 1945 there has been an overwhelming flood of reprints of classical evangelical books. This development in the religious publishing field attests the fact that the collapse of classical liberalism is accompanied by a renewed interest in evangelical theology. While there is an encouraging increase in contemporary evangelical books, the demand for solid evangelical reading far exceeds the output. Reprints help meet the demand.
Probably the most scholarly and elaborate American reproduction project is the 56-volume publication of Luther’s Works by joint arrangement of Concordia and Muhlenberg. The first 30 volumes contain Luther’s expositions of various Bible books, while the remaining volumes include what are usually called his “Reformation writings.” The immense undertaking is well along, 11 volumes having been completed.
Most reproductions do not involve new typecasting or translation as in the Luther project. The photo offset process is frequently used, often with shoddy results. The better publishers are careful to see that the type faces are readably clear and artistic by modern standards.
Some Significant Titles
The major new reprints of standard sets and books of reference include Phillip Schaff’s Creeds of Christendom (Harper), Josephus’ Complete Works (Kregel), James Hastings’ Great Texts of the Bible in 20 volumes (Eerdmans), John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (Westminster). The Cross Reference Bible, a monumental work edited by Harold E. Monser, together with his Topical Index and Digest of the Bible, have again been made available by Baker. In somewhat ...1
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