Library Highlights


Concordia Theological Monthly and Missio Apostolica added to ATLAS (full text online)

Concordia Theological Monthly (1960-1972) and CTM (1973, January 1974) join Concordia Journal (1975 – )full-text online on ATLAS, linked to the American Theological Library Association’s ATLA-Religion Database on the EBSCOhost platform. The remaining indexed issues from 1949-1959 are anticipated online by the end of 2011. ATLAS is available on the Concordia Seminary Library portal page to all members of the seminary community and via ATLAS for Alumni to all alumni who have requested access from public services,

Also accessible full text online on ATLAS for the first time are all issues of Missio Apostolica (1993- ), the publication of the Lutheran Society for Missiology, whose editorial staff includes several members of the Concordia Seminary faculty.

When all anticipated issues of the seminary publications are online, the collection will include Concordia Theological Monthly (1949-1972), CTM (1973, Jan. 1974), and Concordia Journal (1975- ).  The latter is also available from 2001- on the seminary’s web site. It is the policy of the ATLA that only indexed journal issues are made available full text on ATLAS; thus, issues of the Monthly from 1930-1948 are not slated for inclusion until such time as retrospective indexing might be done.

16th Century Herzberg Colloquium Manuscript

The composition of the Formula of Concord as it was published in the 1580 Book of Concord was a lengthy process, comprising several meetings, discussions, and negotiations among Lutheran theologians of the day. One such session was the Herzberg Colloquium, which took place in August 1578 and involved discussions between deputies of Anhalt–which had rejected the 1577 “Bergen Book” formulation–and Lutheran theologians, including Martin Chemnitz and Jacob Andreae. This work is a transcript of the Herzberg Colloquium and offers accounts of the discussions, viewpoints, and objections put forth by its participants. It thus provides a rare, first-hand glimpse into the process that produced a seminal document of Lutheran faith.

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Title Page Incipit

Text Page Explicit

The Calov Bible Commentary of J. S. Bach

The 3-volume Bible commentary compiled by 17th-century theologian Abraham Calov and once in the library of Johann Sebastian Bach has been in the Seminary Library collection since it was given to the Seminary by the Reichle family of Frankenmuth, MI, in the 1930s. The volumes are the only known, i.e., identified, books from the library of Lutheran composer J. S. Bach. Calov is both editor and author of the commentary, using as he does both Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible and primarily Luther’s comments on the text, adding his own commentary when no material is available in Luther’s works.  The work was printed in 1681-82. Some 25 marginal annotations of Bach, along with underlining and other marginal markings, are evidence of the composer’s use of the volumes.  Careful analysis of the handwriting, as well as technical analysis of the ink done in the 1980s, established the authenticity of Bach’s ownership.

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Title Page II Chronicles page II Chronicles margin note

High quality full-size frameable  reproductions of the title page of Vol. 1, with Bach’s monogram, an annotated page from II Chronicles, as well as an enlargement of Bach’s annotation on the latter, are available from Concordia Seminary Library.

The 11×14 actual-size title page and page from II Chronicles are $12 each; the 8×10 enlargement of the annotation and verse (5:13) is $10.  The set of 3 is available for $32.  Add $3 for s&h.

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The Bible has recently been digitized in anticipation of publishing a facsimile edition.  Planned delivery of this publication is scheduled for 2014.  The publisher is Uitgeverij van Wijnen in the Netherlands.  New technology enabled the high-quality digitizing to be done without dis-binding the volumes.  The commentary facsimile is intended to appeal to practitioners of at least two disciplines: music and theology. For further information regarding anticipated pricing and availability, please visit the publisher’s website at  You can also e-mail the publisher at


The art collection of Concordia Seminary is housed in the Library. The core of the collection is from a donation of mostly religious art that came to the Seminary in the 1960s, a gift of Pastor and Mrs. Paul Kluender. It includes jeweled pectoral crosses, Russian ceramic eggs of the Faberge school, over fifty Orthodox icons, Communion ware, and assorted other artifacts. Parts of the collection are always on display in the Library. Also of interest is a series of twenty biblical scenes (prints on rice paper) by the Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe.

Exhibitions of seminary art and work of other artists are mounted on an irregular schedule.