LQ Books (Fortress)
After thirteen years with Eerdmans Publishing Company, Lutheran Quarterly Books is moving to Fortress Press. Since our first title in 2003 (Oswald Bayer’s Living By Faith), our fourteen books have sold over 25,000 copies. Thanks to an amicable agreement between publishers, Eerdmans has transferred back titles to Fortress, making available from the same publisher LQ Books past, present, and future. First up under the new imprint will be The Life, Works, and Witness of Tsehay Tolessa and Gudina Tumsa, the Ethiopian Bonhoeffer, collecting his essays and sharing her dramatic story of their life together, multiple imprisonments, and his execution by the Communist government. Co-edited by Sarah Hinlicky Wilson and Samuel Deressa, this will be the definitive volume on these heroic Ethiopian church leaders.
Closing out this issue is the annual index of authors and articles, in this case for our thirtieth year of publication, a small milestone. The index of authors for the entire thirty-year run of Lutheran Quarterly is on our website: www.lutheranquarterly.com. For highlights of these same thirty years (with archival documents, photographs, and a video), see the illustrated timeline, “Thirty Years of LQ,” on the Johns Hopkins University Press LQ site, by way of the link on our home page. Coming next is a 500-year timeline of Lutheranism (1517–2017), curated by our webmaster Martin Lohrmann.
The much-anticipated five-hundredth anniversary of 1517 is upon us and all around us. What it may mean for the Lutheran confession [End Page 436] of the gospel in the long run will depend less on German tourism (or the corporate name change of Augsburg Fortress to 1517 Media) and more on how (or even if ) further quincentennials are noted, such as the Leipzig Debates (1519), the Diet of Worms (1521) or the Luther Bible (1521/1534). Which anniversaries will lead to better historical perspective? For the moment, we note simply that the Thirteenth International Congress for Luther Research is meeting this summer in Wittenberg, or rather in “Lutherstadt Wittenberg,” with plenary addresses from some familiar names: Timothy Wengert, Steven D. Paulson, Mary Jane Haemig, along with LQ authors Irene Dingel, Erik Herrmann, Albrecht Beutel, Volker Leppin, and Ron Rittgers.
500 Years of Luther
Some of the public attention surrounding this quincentennial echoes one back in 1983. For some perspective on that anniversary, see the essay by Hartmut Lehmann in this issue. For public consumption in 1983, the New York Times published a major essay in its Sunday magazine by Jaroslav Pelikan.
The Roman Catholic Church, which excommunicated him in 1521 and has spent most of the time since then excoriating his memory, has begun to treat Luther more as an alumnus than an apostate.
Jaroslav Pelikan, “The Enduring Relevance of Martin Luther 500 Years After His Birth,” New York Times Magazine (September 18, 1983), p. 44. [End Page 437]