Fagerberg, Holsten, and Eugene Lund. A New Look at the Lutheran Confessions (1529-1537). St. Louis: Concordia, 1988. Kindle Electronic Edition.
“Introduction.” Loc. 90-191
Between 1529 and 1537 Luther and Melanchthon wrote significant portions of what would become the Book of Concord. These writings include Luther’s Small Catechism and Large Catechism, the Smalcald Articles, and Melanchthon’s Augsburg Confession, his De Potestate et Primatu Papae, and his Apology to the Augsburg Confession. Fagerberg analyzes these documents for a clearer view of what the initial foundational ideas of the Reformation were, as well as to evaluate evidence of disagreements between Luther and Melanchthon (Fagerberg 1988, Loc. 105). There have certainly been other evaluations of the documents in the past, some mentioned by Fagerberg. One of the persistent questions is why certain topics were articulated in writing while others were not (Fagerberg 1988, Loc. 120). Above all, Fagerberg intends to identify the earliest development of theology, to explicate the historical context of the discussions which led to these documents, and to summarize study done on the topics to date.