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Concou()ia T~.eolo9icol J\1ontbly J U·L Y • 195 0 .-ARCHIVES Concoll()ia Theological Monthly Published by The Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod EDITED BY THE FACULTY OF CONCORDIA SEMINARY ST. LOUIS, Mo. Address all communications to the Editorial Committee in care of the Managing Editor, F. E. Mayer, 801 De Mun Ave., St.Louis 5, Mo. EDITORIAL COMMITTEE PAUL M. BRETSCHER, RICHARD R. CAEMMERER, THEODORE HOYER, FREDERICK E. MAYER, LOUIS J. SIECK CONTENTS FOR JULY 1950 PROFESSOR W. G. POLACK, LIIT. D., 1890-1950. M. Eretscher T.!:iB. 3ACERD01l'..L Vt'i'lLl:! Ut' CtlK.!::iT AU.UlWING TU Ttl.." L""'u""1{ TO THE HEBREWS. George Stoeckhm'dt THE CHRISTIAN AND GOVERNMENT. A. M, Rehwinkel A SERIES OF SERMON STUDIES FOR THE CHURCH YEAR BRIEF STUDIES THEOLOGICAL OBSERVER BOOK REVIEWS PAGE 481 483 496 509 518 527 554 Scroggie, W. Graham: The Psalms, Vol. I. -Martin Luther-Bund: Jahrbuch des Martin Luther Bunde •. -Butterfield, Hubert: Christianity and History. -Hirsch, Emanuel: Die Geschichte der Neuern Evangelischen Theologie irn Zusamroenhang mit den Allgemeinen Bewegungen des Europaeischen Denkens. -Petroelje, Harold: Of Another World, the Origin and Character of Christ's Church_­Burrows, Millar: Palestine Is Our Business. -Blackwood, Andrew W.: Pastoral Leadership.-Lindemann, Paul: My God and I.-Peale, Norman Vincent, and Blanton, Smiley: The Art of Real Happiness.-Bergler, Edmund: Unhappy Marriage and Divorce. CONCORDIA THEOLOGICAL MONTHLY is published monthly by Concordia Publishing House, 3558 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis 18, Mo., to which all business correspondence is to be addressed. $3.00 per annum, anywhere in the world, payable in advance. Entered at the Post Office at St. Louis, Mo., as second-class matter. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of postage provided for in Section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized on July 5, 1918. ,&IN""" iN 11. S. A. Concol2(}ia Theological Monthly VOL. XXI JULY 1950 No.7 w. Gustave Polack, 1890-1950 IN the passing of Professor W. G. Polack on June 5 .. of this year, Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, and our entire Synod lost one of its ablest Christian leaders. The Lord had endowed Dr. Polack with a variety of gifts. He had given him a discerning mind, a courageous heart, an evangelical outlook, a facile pen, an intense love for the Church, and an unflagging zeal to promote the cause of his Savior. Fastidious in appearance, calm and suave in speech, considerate of the opinions of others, aware of his own sins and inadequacies, yet wholly committed to the grace of Goel which appeared in our Lord Jesus Christ, Dr. Polack left an abiding impression on all who learned to know hi.'11. Professor Polack came to the Seminary in 1925 to teach church history. He soon displayed a special interest in the history of Lutheranism in America and of the Missouri Synod in particular. To provide an outlet for his research studies in the history of our Church, he founded soon after coming to the Seminary the Con­cordia Historical ItlStitute Quarterly and was its editor until a short time before his final illness. At the same time he contributed many articleS dealing with historical matters to the Lutheran Wit­ness, on whose editorial staff he served since 1925, to the CON­CORDIA THEOJ r)GiCAL MONTHLY, the Walther League Messenger, -'-the America'.J<' ~ ','l] an, and other church papers. At the time of his death 1--'t:t:I editor in chief of the Concordia Historical Series, ,t . which he (_Tlsioned as a set of scholarly monographs dealing with the most significant developments in the history of the Missouri Synod. Some of his books and pamphlets on church and missions are the following: John Eliot, 1926; David Livingstone, 1929; Into All the World, 1930; Story of Luther, 1931 Od edition, 1947); The Story of C, F. W. Walther Od edition, 1947); Fathers and 31 482 W. GUSTAVE POLACK, 1890-1950 Founders, 1938; The Building of a Great Church, 1941 (2d edition, 1947); How the Missouri Synod was Born, 1947. But Professor Polack also developed a keen interest in liturgics and hymnology. From 1929 until 1949 he was chairman of the Intersyoodical Committee on Hymnology and Liturgics. Under his leadership this committee published in 1941 The Lutheran Hymnal, of which at present over a million copies are being used in the Synodical Conference. Soon followed The Handbook to the Lu­theran Hymnal, of which the second edition appeared in 1947. Dr. Polack lived to see the day when his Committee on Hymnology and Liturgics published the revised The Lutheran Liturgy, The Lutheran Agenda, and The Lutheran Lectionary. Other works which indicated his interest in hymnology are: Martin Luther in English Poetry, 1938; Story of Our Favorite Hymns, 1939; and Hymns from the Harps of God, 1940, co-author, The Seven Ways of Sorrow, 1949. Dr, Polack contributed two original hymns and ten translations to The Lutheran Hymnal. Perhaps one of his most successful translations was his "With the Lord Thy Work Begin," which the Seminary family has sung for years with fixed regularity at the beginning of a new school year. Professor Polack contributed the following articles to the CON­CORDIA THEOLOGICAL MONTHLY: "Christian Missions in China before Morrison" (Vol. 3, pp. 274 if. and 417 if.); "Ottomar Fuer­bringer" (Vol. 5, pp. 211 if.); "Frederick August Craemer" (Vol. 7, pp. 704if.); "Richard William Heintze" (Vol. 8, pp. 907if.); "Why Should a Pastor Continue to Study Church History?" (Vol. 9, pp. 590 if.); "The Arrival of the Saxons in St. Louis" (Vol. 9, pp. 905 if.); "Henry Melchior Muhlenberg" (VoL 13, pp. 673 if.); "Girolamo Savonarola, 1452-1498" (Vol. 1°, pr 161 if.); "Our New Altar Service Books" (Vol. 19, pp. 327 if.)