Gerhard, Johann: A Comprehensive Explanation of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (1610)

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Begun the same year he started work on his renowned dogmatics, the Loci Theologici, Gerhard’s A Comprehensive Explanation… is a masterpiece in its own right. In 67 chapters (31 for Baptism, 36 for the Lord’s Supper), Gerhard examines issues which are of vital importance today: Who may officiate at a Baptism, or celebrate the Lord’s Supper? May substances other than bread and wine be used in the Lord’s Supper? What is the proper preparation for receiving holy communion? May Baptism be repeated? Is immersion necessary for a valid Baptism? All these questions (and many more) are answered by Gerhard on the basis of Holy Scripture. Gerhard’s profound knowledge of the Scriptures makes this volume a wonderful resource.

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