Pardieck gives an extensive quote from Luther's exposition of Genesis, especially on verse 4:1. And this was translated in the CPH American Edition of Luther's Works (vol. 1, pgs 242-243). But there were no comments in the American Edition on this notable portion of Luther's exposition – no notes, no footnotes by editor Jaroslav Pelikan or translator George Schick. Why? Could it be that they too are part of the reason for today's corruption of Luther? Could it be that they too did not believe Luther's translation of Genesis 4:1, that Eve actually believed her first born son was the promised Messiah? Could it be that even Concordia Publishing House is also part of the reason for today's corruption of Luther? It surely is for CPH also sells volume 52 of the "American Edition" where the editor Hillerbrand and translator Kunstmann corrupt Luther's sermon words with this translation: "I have gotten a man of God", even where Luther forcefully preaches on the actual meaning of Eve's confession in Genesis 4:1... but CPH has no comment on this corruption of Luther, and continues offering these corruptions of Luther and publishing even more in their "New Series"!
(Actually I am surprised that Pelikan did not outright condemn Luther's work on this passage, as often as he tramples on my faith...) And so for an antidote to the corruption of Luther today, I continue presenting this marvelous work of Prof. Eduard Pardieck.
===>>> In your face, today's CPH, the translation of Eve's confession is this:Underlining follows author's emphasis, highlighting is mine. Hyperlinks added for reference.
"I have the Man, the Lord"!
In researching further the available English translations, I found that the 1976 edition of Beck's Bible, The Holy Bible: An American Translation (or AAT), did offer a translation much closer to Luther's:
"I have gotten a man, the LORD"and for this reason, I have consulted Beck's translation on several occasions. William F. Beck was a professor at Concordia Seminary and his translation was published by Herman Otten of Christian News. There was some question about Beck's teaching of Justification, but I have not pursued this very far. I seem to recall that he did not highlight the teaching of Walther and Pieper. His translation is still available here.
In the next Part 4...