Kolb, Robert. The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000.
“The Three Ecumenical Creeds” pp. 19-27.
Collections of doctrinal writings as early as Corpus doctrinae Phippicum (1560) included the ecumenical creeds. “Their inclusion underscored the deep conviction among Evangelical theologians that the Reformation, far from breaking with the ancient church, upheld and recovered the chief teachings of the universal Christian faith” (Kolb 2000, 19). The Apostles’ Creed is an eighth century revision of a Roman creed first attested in the third century, used as a baptismal creed (Kolb 2000, 20). The Nicene Creed emerged from the Council of Nicea in 325 and was revised and expanded in 381 at the Council of Constantinople (Kolb 2000, 20). It served a central role in the eucharistic liturgy. The Athanasian Creed, though not actually from the time of Athanasius, arose in Gaul during the fifth century (Kolb 2000, 21). It is significantly more expansive than the others, “complete with anathemas against heretical teaching” (Kolb 2000, 21).
The creeds follow on pp. 21-27 with numerous footnotes about manuscript and translational matters.