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Lutheran Quarterly

Editors :

Paul Rorem, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

38 (2024)
Lutheran Quarterly, New Series is a journal for all interested in the Evangelical Lutheran Church everywhere, discussing its history and theology. The aims of the New Series are to provide a forum for the discussion of Christian faith and life on the basis of the Lutheran confession; the application of the principles of the Lutheran Church to the changing problems of religion and society; the fostering of world Lutheranism; and the promotion of understanding between Lutherans and other Christians.
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Notes for Contributors

In general Lutheran Quarterly employs The Chicago Manuel of Style (CMS), 16th Edition, Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2010 as the house style. Note especially the following:


  1. Lutheran Quarterly prefers succinct titles. Avoid the use of double titles containing a colon.
    1. Supplemental information about the intent of the article will catch the reader’s eye if it is incorporated into the first paragraph.
    2. Divide the article into subdivisions; entitle each division.
  2. The main title should appear at the top of the first page of text in the following format:

Title of the Essay
by John T. Author

  1. Avoid using the asterisk in the title. Notices pertaining to prior publication and presentation should appear at the head of the endnotes as an unnumbered entry.


  1. All contributions must be submitted electronically, double–spaced, 12–point, Times New Roman font, one–inch margins, aligned both left and right.
  2. Avoid the suggestion of oral presentation. For example, avoid the use of first person and the use of contractions.
  3. Capitalization.
    1. Do not use capitalization for the sake of emphasis.
    2. Use capitals for Reformation and Reformers in reference to the sixteenth century.
    3. Use capitals in reference the Bible and books of the Bible. For example, Scripture, Gospel According to St. Mark (however, use lower case, gospel, in reference to the message of Christ.
    4. Use capitals in reference to institutional church bodies. For example, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Roman Catholic Church. But use lower case in general reference to the church and denominational traditions. For example, Lutheran church; the church in Africa.
    5. Miscellaneous considerations: Pope Leo, but the pope of Rome; Holy Roman Empire, but empire; Confession of Augsburg, but Lutheran confession.
  4. Italics.
    1. The textual citation of published works should be in italics: e.g., The Book of Concord. However, citation of confessional symbols should appear in Roman type: e.g., the Small Catechism.
    2. Single words and short phrases in languages other than English will be italicized. Do not set them off in quotation marks.
  5. Quotations.
    1. Under five typewritten lines may be set off in quotation marks; over five lines should appear as a block quotation, indented without quotation marks; continue to use the double–space format.
    2. Use quotation marks to identify titles of essays cited in the text.
  6. Scholarly abbreviations.
    1. While the use of scholarly abbreviations is acceptable in parenthesis and end notes, they should not be used in the text. For example, in place of “i.e.” use “that is”; in place of “e.g.” use “for example”; in place of “etc.” use “and so forth.”
  7. Diacritics.
    1.    In spelling German ä, ö, and ü diacritics should be used, not ae, oe, ue.
    2. Diacritics should always be employed where appropriate, particularly in the citation of languages other than English.
    3. Care should be taken in the citation of Greek and Hebrew.
  8. Spelling.
    1. Use “-ize” endings when given as an alternative to “–ise.”
    2. Use American form, not British; for example, savior, not saviour.
  9. Dates and Numbers.
    1. 1990s; not 1990’s.
    2. Sixteenth century; not 16th century.
    3. July 1994; not July, 1994.
    4. Sixty–seven; not 67; but use numerals for numbers over one hundred.
  10. Acronyms.
    1. Avoid the use of acronyms. Cite the referent fully in the first usage. After that you may use the acronym. 
  11. Evangelical–Lutheran.
    1. For historical reasons we encourage the use of the hyphenated expression, Evangelical– Lutheran, in reference to that tradition.

End Notes

  1. Continue the use of double–space format.
  2. In the text, references to the end note numbers should appear in superscript.
  3. The first citation of a work in the endnotes should include the complete bibliographical data—Author, Title, (City of Publication: Publisher, date of publication), vol:pg.ln.  For example:
    1. LUTHERS WERKE, Kritische Gesamtausgabe, 57 vols. Eds.J.F.K. Knaake et al.  (Weimar: Böhlau, 1883ff.) 2:45.6-10.  (Hereafter cited as WA.)
    2. LUTHER’S WORKS, American Edition, 55 vols. Eds. Pelikan and Lehmann (St Louis and Philadelphia: Concordia and fortress, 1955ff.) 2:45.  (Hereafter cited as LW.)
    3. CORPUS REFORMATORUM, 28 vols. Eds. C.G. Bretschneider et al.  (Brunsvigae and Halis Saxorum: C.A. Schwetschke et Filium, 1834-60) 3:75-76.  (Hereafter cited as C.R.)


  1. Manuscripts may be submitted directly to our editor, Paul Rorem, at Princeton Theological Seminary,
  2. All manuscripts for publication are reviewed by two scholarly peers in the area of the subject matter.

For European Authors

              The rules of style are stricter in America than in Europe. Lutheran Quarterly employs The Chicago Manuel of Style  (CMS), 16th Edition (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2010) in the matter of establishing the rules which govern the preparation of essays for publication in the journal. Authors are encouraged to consult CMS whenever they are in doubt about some matter in the preparation of manuscripts.

              There are a number of points at which European style differs from American style.  Because these matters occur so frequently we bring them to your attention, in order to avoid the necessity of having to request revision.

  1. Complete bibliographic information in the endnotes: We require that the following information appear in the endnote citations: Author (first and last name), title (city of publication: name of publisher, date of publication) vol:pg.ln.
                  Consult the Traditio and/or CMS whenever in doubt about the acceptable style of end–note citations.
  2. Full name: We require in the course of reference to persons that the full name be cited (first and last name). This rule covers citation of names in the text of the essay as well as in the end– notes. For example: NOT J.T. Person, BUT James T. Person.
  3. Translation: Of course, when your essay appears in the form of translation of the original language we strive for a smooth English version of the text. Especially, we seek to avoid idiosyncratic usage, peculiar to the original language of the essay.
  4. In other matters: Consult our Traditio or The Chicago Manual of Style whenever you have a particular question about acceptable style.  Authors are welcome to address specific questions to the managing editor: Via USPS: Virgil Thompson, 2752 N Nugent Road, Lummi Island, WA 98262;; 509 953 4715

The Hopkins Press Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found at the ethics-and-malpractice page.

Peer Review Policy

Lutheran Quarterly (LQ) welcomes non-simultaneous submissions of original work in Lutheran history and theology; translation into English of previously published work is sometimes considered. The editor judges whether a submission is suitable for peer review, namely, a scholarly essay on Lutheran history or theology. Peer review is double blind, usually by one reviewer from our masthead (e.g., Council of Editorial Advisors) and one specialist on the essay topic. Sometimes a reviewer can guess an author’s identity, but the authors are never given any clues as to a reviewer’s identity. The criterion is simple:  original scholarship in Lutheran history or theology.

Usually there are extensive revisions of accepted essays, sometimes on content (such as additional bibliography) and always on form. Such revisions are supervised by the editor, sometimes assisted by one of the reviewers. LQ averages 9-10 months from submission to publication. The editor has sole discretion over brief informal items such as “Notes” or “Comments.”

 The biblical phrase represented by the logo on the journal's front cover and spelled out on the back cover, Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum (I Peter 1.25), was adopted as motto by Luther’s sovereign, Frederick the Wise, and his successors.

The original “Protestant" princes walking out of the imperial Diet of Speyer 1529, unruly peasants following Thomas Muentzer, and from 1531 to 1547 the coins, medals, flags and guns of the Smalcaldic League all bore the most famous Reformation slogan, the first Evangelical confession: the Word of the Lord remains forever. 

While the appearance of the phrase varies in historical use, the square design on our pages is an original trademark design of Lutheran Quarterly, Inc., used by us since 1987 to distinguish our publication and goods from those of others, and should not be used without permission from the managing editor Virgil Thompson,


Paul Rorem, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

Managing Editor

Nicholas Hopman, Princeton Theological Seminary

Associate Editors

Timothy Wengert, United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, PA 
Mark C. Mattes, Grand View University, Des Moines, IA

Associate Editor and Book Review Editor

Mary Jane Haemig, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN 

Associate Book Review Editor

Suzanne S. Hequet, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN


Adam Morton, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England 

Coordinator of Social Media

John Hoyum, Denny Park Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA 

Council of Editorial Advisors

Matthew L. Becker, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 
Maria Elizabeth Erling, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg 
Michael J. Halvorson, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA 
Gordon A. Jensen, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon, Canada 
Anna Marie Johnson, Garrett Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL 
L. DeAne Lagerquist, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN 
Carter Lindberg, Boston University 
Martin Lohrmann, Warburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA 
John T. Pless, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN 
Kirsi Stjerna, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley 
Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, Japan Lutheran Theological Seminary, Tokyo, Japan 

Link to a complete index of volumes 1-35 of Lutheran Quarterly, New Series (1987-2021).

Abstracting & Indexing Databases

  • EBSCOhost
    • Academic Search Complete
    • America: History and Life, 6/1/1965-
    • ATLA Religion Database (American Theological Library Association), 1949-2017
    • Current Abstracts, 6/1/2009-
    • Historical Abstracts (Online), 3/1/1965-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • New Testament Abstracts (Online)
    • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, 1/1/2008-
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
    • Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1983 (H.W. Wilson), 1928/01-1940/01
    • TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 6/1/2009-
  • Gale
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
  • National Library of Medicine
    • PubMed
  • ProQuest
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • ProQuest Central
    • Religion Database
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
  • Religious & Theological Abstracts, Inc.
    • Religious & Theological Abstracts, 1988-

Abstracting & Indexing Sources

  • New Testament Abstracts (Print)   (Active)  (Print)
  • Religion Index One: Periodicals   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Religion Index Two: Multi-Author Works   (Ceased)  (Print)

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