Book Review: Always Reforming (eds. Crisler & Plummer)


Mark Seifrid, professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary, is a long-time Pauline scholar who has written books, commentaries, and contributed chapters to various books. This volume Always Reforming: Reflections on Martin Luther & Biblical Studies is a festschrift to honor Dr. Seifrid and his own studies on the great Reformer. The contributors are made up of Baptists, Lutherans, and Reformed scholars, which shows how, as Don Carson wrote in the Preface, as Seifrid “plied his way to confessional Lutheranism,” it was “not at the expense of abandoning an admirable theological ecumenicity” (xviii).

In Channing Crisler’s Introduction, we read of Luther’s humility when he approached the Bible. For Luther, exegesis began “with despair and a cry for help, which could only be answered by the Spirit” (xx). He interpreted individual texts according to their wider setting in the larger scriptural story. He warned against excess allegory (like one could…

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