Thursday, May 13, 2010



in qua

Confessioni addictæ profitentur, ex Romano-Catholicorum Scriptorum suffragiis confirmatur,



Liber I. Generalis.

Cum Gratia et Privilegio Elector. et Ducum

Typis et Sumptibus Ernesti Steinmanni,


Friday, April 16, 2010

Great Discovery!

I was looking on Wikipedia and discovered that Confessio Catholica is now available on Google Books!

  • Confessio Catholica (Jena, 1634), volume 1: Introductory volume
  • Confessio Catholica (Jena, 1634), volume 2/1: On the Word of God, Christ, the Roman Pontiff, councils, and the Church
  • Confessio Catholica (Jena, 1636), volume 2/2: On clergy, monks, laity, purgatory, saints, sacraments, Baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, and the Mass
  • Confessio Catholica (Jena, 1637), volume 2/3: On penance, extreme unction, sacrament of order, matrimony, the grace of the first man, sin, grace and free choice, justification, and good works

Friday, November 6, 2009

Text Files Available

I was able to secure the text files for Confessio Catholica by going to UW-Madison. I will e-mail them to you if you so desire.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Great News!

Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis is going to send me their copy of Confessio Catholica so I can take digital images of it!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Status on Obtaining the Text

I am still busy trying to get the text for Confessio Catholica.

1) I'm checking with my local public library to see if I can request a copy of the book from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.

2) If I cannot get the book from Concordia Seminary I am going to see if the University of Minnesota will allow me to make digital photographs of the one they have in their rare book collection. I was initially going to go up there on September 3 & 4, but I called them just to make sure I could and they said the book has to be reviewed first. I did not want to drive an hour and a half to have the U of M tell me I could not make photographs of it.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Team Members Welcome

If anyone would like to participate in this blog just send your e-mail to me at and I will add you to the list.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Blog Mission Statement

My purpose in starting this blog is to make the Latin text of Johann Gerhard’s Confessio Catholica readily available and perhaps speed up its translation. I have found the work very hard to come by as it is more often than not in the rare book collection of various university and seminary libraries.
Hopefully I will be heading to the University of Minnesota on September 3-4 to make digital photographs of Confessio Catholica in their rare book collection.
Over time I will type the Latin text and post it along with the digital images. This will be a massive project that may take several years due to the size of the work and time constraints (I believe the work is around 1,600 pages).