The Reformer's discourses on the first four chapters of the Gospel According to St. John come from the heart and go to the heart. They reveal scholarship that penetrates to the core of the Biblical words. At the same time they are couched in language anyone can understand. The reader will find logically constructed expositions founded on a comprehensive knowledge of the Scriptures. What Luther says is always true to the spirit and the letter of the texts. This English edition is intended primarily for the reader whose knowledge of late medieval Latin and sixteenth-century German is too small to permit him to work with Luther in the original languages. Based on the Weimar edition, its texts and helps have formed a basis for this edition, although in certain cases the translator has felt constrained to depart from its readings and findings. Where literal accuracy and clarity have conflicted, clarity has been chosen, so that sometimes paraphrase seemed more faithful than literal fidelity.
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