The purpose of the Journal is to provide a vehicle for articles of historical interest about the Lutheran Church with special reference to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. It is also hoped that the Journal will stimulate WELS members to pursue research in Lutheran history.
The interest of the Journal is not simply the past for its own sake. In authorizing the publication of the Journal, the Institute's Board of Directors stated as one of the Journals purposes to "contribute to understanding our WELS identity and background." Like Plato's shadows in the cave, some things can be seen only against the proper background.
The current editor of the Journal is Prof. John Brenner of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Inquiries can be directed to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
All past issues of the Journal, up through Volume 27 (2009) can be downloaded below. All files are PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format, and you can download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader by clicking here
. Note that all of these journal files were re-scanned and convered to PDF files in early 2012-2014, greatly improving the qualitiy of what had formerly been available.
There is also a unified table of contents / finding aid available on this site for the entire run of the Journal through 2010. You can find the Unified Table of Contents on the second page of the PDF library just before the Volume 1 files.
For newer issues (2012-), please contact the editor. There will usually be about a two year wait for issues to be added to the online database.