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Festschrift published in honor of Reformation scholar Dr. Robert Kolb

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Professor Emeritus and renowned Reformation scholar Dr. Robert Kolb has been recognized with a Festschrift, or honorary volume of essays, From Wittenberg to the World: Essays on the Reformation and its Legacy in Honor of Robert Kolb.

According to the book’s publisher, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, colleagues and co-workers of Kolb address and push forward his insights into the history of the Reformation era and on the impact of those Reformation issues on the life of the church in the world today.

The book was edited by Concordia Seminary faculty members Dr. Charles Arand and Dr. Erik Herrmann and Dr. Daniel Mattson, academic assistant.

The editors of the volume say in their tribute to Kolb: “As his instruction and example has impacted another generation of students at the Seminary, Kolb has inspired those with whom he works here and abroad not only to strive for greater service to God but to find the joy of the Lord in daily living. Whether you know the scholar Dr. Kolb, Professor Kolb, Rev. Kolb, the author and editor Robert A. Kolb or just Bob Kolb, it is the same amiable and honorable man whom we honor with this Festschrift. We thank God for his life and work.”

The publication of the Festschrift was first announced to applause during the 13th International Congress for Luther Research in August 2017 in the courtyard of Luther’s house in Wittenberg, Germany, while Kolb and many of the book’s contributors were in attendance. The book was published earlier this month. Kolb also was recognized during the Seminary’s Faculty Author Reception May 15.

“The announcement of the volume came as a total and rather overwhelming surprise,” Kolb said. “I have only gotten to glance at the Table of Contents, but the contributions of friends and colleagues from North America and Europe offer an impressive set of insights into the unfolding of the Reformation and its continuing impact. Such a gift is humbling and exciting at the same time.”

The book is available from Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht here or on Amazon here.

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