Book of Concord

The Book of Concord was published on June 25, 1580 in Dresden as a complete collection of the so-called symbolical books of the Lutheran Church in the German language. In this sense, it may also be referred to as a canon or corpus doctrinae the Lutheran Church. The authentic Latin text was published in 1584 in Leipzig.

The term ecumenical symbols has been used since 1577. It is to be understood here in its original sense, and " general confession " to translate.


The Book of Concord contains:

  • The three so-called ecumenical symbols ( creeds ) the Apostles 'Creed ( Apostles' Creed )
  • The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed ( called the Nicene Creed )
  • The Athanasian Creed ( Athanasian )
  • The so-called unaltered Augsburg Confession after the alleged original German copy
  • The Apology of the Augsburg Confession after the German translation by Justus Jonas the Elder
  • The Smalcald Articles of 1537 with the Annex Philipp Melanchthon by the violence and authority of the Pope
  • With attached maid and Taufbüchlein

The validity in the churches

The collected in the Book of Concord of 1580 Confessions are in Germany as a binding commitment basis on who lay an obligation upon their ordination, the priest, in some Evangelical- Lutheran churches such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baden, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oldenburg or the Lutheran congregations of the Evangelical churches in central Germany, in the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church ( SELK / Old Lutherans ) and the Evangelical Lutheran Free Church ( ELFK ) recognized.

In other Protestant churches such as the Evangelical Church of Westphalia or the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Germany the Formula of Concord, and thus the entire contents of Konkordienbuches applies only in the communities where he has remained in force after the tradition.