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Suggested Pre-Seminary Reading List

In addition to the Holy Scriptures, ALTS recommends the following works for those considering one of our seminary programs. The asterisked works are specifically recommended for men preparing for the Office of the Holy Ministry (MDiv).

*Chemnitz, Martin. Ministry, Word, and Sacraments: An Enchiridion

*Chrysostom, John. On the Priesthood

*Croy, N. Clayton. A Primer of Biblical Greek

*Gerberdering, George. The Lutheran Pastor

Jacobs, Henry Eyster. Summary of the Christian Faith

Just, Arthur. Heaven on Earth: The Gift of Christ in the Divine Service

Köberle, Adolf. The Quest for Holiness

McCain, Paul, ed. Concordia : The Lutheran Confessions : A Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord

Maier, Paul. Church History: The Basics

Middendorf, Michael. Called By the Gospel: An Introduction to the New Testament

Murray, Scott. Law, Life, and the Living God: The Third Use of the Law in Modern American Lutheranism

Sasse, Hermann. Here We Stand

Sasse, Hermann. We Confess Anthology

Steinmann, Andrew, ed. Called to Be God’s People: An Introduction to the Old Testament

Strunck, William and E.B. White. The Elements of Style

Walther, C.F.W. Law and Gospel

Wingren, Gustaf. Luther on Vocation