Brief Book Review: Indexes and Supplementary Materials (DBW 17)

indexesTitle: Indexes and Supplementary Materials

Series: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Vol. 17

Bibliographic info: 600 pp.

Publisher: Fortress Press, 2014.

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With thanks to Fortress Press for the digital review copy.

This volume is the concluding part to the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works collection (originally published in German as Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke). This series is the product of over twenty years of labor and is, of course, a vital resource for those wishing to have an in-depth knowledge of Bonhoeffer in his time and place. This specific volume provides the means to locate anything in the other sixteen volumes (English edition).

The book’s contents are:

General Editor’s Foreword to the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English Edition (Victoria Barnett)
The Translation of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English Edition: An Overview (Victoria Barnett)
The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English Edition: A Retrospective (Clifford Green)
The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke: Afterword to the German Edition (Wolfgang Huber)

Part I: Additional Letters and Documents

Part II: Comprehensive Chronology and Master List of Documents
1. Chronology 1906–1945
2. Master List of Documents for DBWE 8–17

Part III: Master Indexes
1. Master Index of Scriptural References
2. Master Index of Names
3. Master Index of Subjects

The table of contents is pretty self-explanatory for what is included in this volume. I will note, however, that this volume includes about a dozen additional letters and documents, some of which are appearing in English for the first time anywhere. A couple of interesting features of this volume are the detailed chronology and the three introductions by Victoria Barnett, Clifford Green, and Wolfgang Huber. They provide an interesting glimpse on the series as a whole and the translation process.

With the publication of this volume the milestone that is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (English edition) is finally completed. And, of course, if you own the other volumes, then this one is a necessity. I imagine the indices will be a real help to those who would like to include Bonhoeffer’s words of wisdom in their sermons, or for anyone interested in doing some real research on him.

One final note. I have the Kindle version of this volume and was unsure as to how the indices would come through in an eBook format, but they look completely fine. The only downside I can really see to having the eBook edition is that if you wanted to use the scriptural index, you will to turn through it a page at a time to get to the biblical book you desire. So if you want to know where Isaiah 1:18 is referenced, you’re gonna have to be flickin’ pages for a couple minutes (or use the search function of your eReader and hope it is helpful).

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