New publication at Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht in the R5AS Series: From Wittenberg to the World. Essays on the Reformation and its Legacy in Honor of Robert Kolb, Charles Arand/Erik H. Herrmann/Daniel L. Mattson (eds.).
The book honours the Rev. Dr. Robert A Kolb, retired Director of the Institute for Mission Studies and Missions Professor in systematic theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and perhaps the leading authority on the development of “Wittenberg Theology” in the English-speaking world. At the same time, his teaching and writing, which continues without flagging, has emphasized the importance of translating and retranslating the historic Lutheran faith in terms that address contemporary issues and contemporary people. In this volume, colleagues and co-workers address and push forward Kolb insights into the history of the Reformation era and on the impact of those Reformation issues (and quarrels) on the life of the church in the world today.
With contributions by Charles Arand, L’ubomir Batka, Amy Nelson Burnett, Irene Dingel, Mary Jane Haemig, Scott Hendrix, Erik Herrmann, Werner Klän, David Lumpp, Mark Mattes, Daniel Mattson, Richard Muller, Paul Robinson, Robert Rosin, and Timothy Wengert.
See the contents here.
Readers are urged to consult the link immediately above where the table of contents and front matter are available. Doing so permits you to see at a glance the great span of interesting essays which make up this very fine celebration of a very fine scholar’s work.
Robert Kolb began his scholarly career in 1968 and the vast array of publications he authored attest to his influence. The bibliography the editors of the present work provide begins on page 327 and it is so extensive that it continues through page 355. That’s twenty-eight pages! That’s hundreds and hundreds of published works! Kolb’s output is simply astonishing. By contrast, my own bibliography is eight pages. So Kolb has made me feel quite lazy and inadequate.
By the time he is finally done publishing on the subject of the Reformation his bibliography may well be in the 50 page range.
The contributors to this useful volume are also quite an impressive group. Superstars in the field of Reformation research such as Amy Nelson Burnett, Scott Hendrix, Erik Herrmann, Richard Muller, Timothy Wengert and Irene Dingel all combine to make this gathering of essays very informative and educational. This volume is indeed a very worthy addition to the prestigious Refo500 Academic Studies series published by Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht.
The essays which the present reviewer found to be the most engaging were those of Wengert and Dingel, along with Burnett’s. These three are superb while the remaining essays are all very good. Special mention should also be made of Mattson’s enjoyable ‘What Did Luther Know about Islam and Why Did He Want to Know It?’ It is both informative and timely.
I recommend this volume. Readers will enjoy it. I promise. And furthermore, I offer the following assurance: you will enjoy this volume as much as fans of the Harry Potter books enjoy them and even more than that, you will learn about actual things instead of about make believe pretendings. If not, I will happily allow you a rebuttal here.