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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bishop Voigt Visits President Harrison's Office

Bishop Voigt of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK)
Today while President Harrison attended the end of the Council of Presidents' meeting and the Presidium meeting, Bishop Voigt from our sister church in Germany (SELK) visited the International Center for an International Lutheran Council (ILC) Executive Committee meeting. President Bugbee from the Lutheran Church of Canada (LCC) and President Emeritus Mayan from the LCC also were present.

Bishop Voigt commented on how the content of his library was very similar to that of President Harrison, particularly Luther's works. Bishop Voigt, like President Harrison, has both Walch editions of Luther's works. Bishop Voigt said he preferred reading Luther in the Walch 2 edition (the yellow/golden volumes pictured on the far left with red and black bands). He said, "Thank you Missouri Synod for producing that edition." The Walch 2 edition of Luther's works was produced by Concordia Publishing house between 1880 and 1910.

Dr. Robert Kolb has written a fascinating article on how Concordia Publishing House came to produce this edition of Luther's works. I have reproduced his article below for your reading enjoyment.

Cover from the 1580 Book of Concord

Luther for German Americans STL Edition Kolb Opt

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