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A.A.
Alcoholics Anonymous
AAPSS
American Academy of Political and Social Science
AB
Bachelor of Arts
ABC
American Broadcasting Company
ABCFM
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
abp.
archbishop
ABS
American Bible Society
AC
Augsburg Confession
acc.
according
ACCC
American Council of Christian Churches
AD
Lat. anno Domini, after Christ
ad.
addition
Adv.
Advent(ist); Adventism
AELC
American Evangelical Lutheran Church (formerly the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; not to be confused with the UELC and the Augustana Ev. Luth. Ch.)
Afr.
Africa(n)
ALC, The
The American Lutheran Church (1960)
ALC
American Lutheran Church (1930)
ALCW
American Lutheran Church Women
ALPB
American Lutheran Publicity Bureau
Alta.
Alberta
AM
amplitude modulation
Am.
America(n)
a.M.
Ger. am Main, on the Main
a.m.
Lat. ante meridiem, morning
A.M.A.
American Medical Association
A.M.E.
African Methodist Episcopal
AMORC
Ancient and Mystical Order Roseae Crucis; Rosicrucians
Anabap.
Anabaptist
ANF
Ante-Nicene Fathers
Angl.
Anglican
a.O.
Ger. an der Oder, on the Oder
Ap
Apology of the Augsburg Confession
Ap Dn
Apocryphal additions to Daniel (The Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men)
Ap Est
Apocryphal additions to Esther
A.P.U.C.
Association for the Promotion of the Unity of Christendom
Arab.
Arabia(n); Arabic
Aram.
Aramaic
archaeol.
archaeologist; archaeological; archaeology
archb.
archbishop
art.
article
assem.
assembly
assoc.
association; associate(d); associating
asst.
assistant
ASV
American Standard Version
ATS
American Tract Society
A.U.C.
Lat. ab urbe condita, from the founding of Rome (ca. 753 BC)
AV
Authorized Version
Ave.
Avenue
b.
born
BA
Bachelor of Arts
Bap.
Baptist
bap.
baptized
Bar
Baruch
Bav.
Bavaria(n)
B.C.
British Columbia
BC
before Christ
BD
Bachelor of Divinity
bd.
board
Bel
Bel and the Dragon
Belg.
Belgium; Belgian
bet.
between
BFBS
British and Foreign Bible Society
Bible, Books of
Gn, Ex, Lv, Nm, Dt, Jos, Ju, Ru, 1 and 2 Sm, 1 and 2 K, 1 and 2 Ch, Ez, Neh, Est, Jb, Ps, Pr, Ec, SS, Is, Jer, Lm, Eze, Dn, Hos, J1, Am, Ob, Jon, Mi, Nah, Hab, Zph, Hg, Zch, M1, Mt, Mk, Lk, Jn, Acts, Ro, 1 and 2 Co, G1, Eph, Ph, C1, 1 and 2 Th, 1 and 2 Ti, Tts, Phmn, Heb, Ja, 1 and 2 Ptr, 1-3 Jn, Jude, Rv
bldg.
building
Boh.
Bohemia(n)
bp.
bishop
Brit.
Britain; British
bros.
brothers
BSLK
Bekenntnis-Schriften der evangelisch-lutherischen Kirche
bus.
business
c.
century (pl. abbr. cents. or c.); copyright
ca.
circa; about
Can.
Canada; Canadian
cand.
candidate
cat.
catechism
Cath.
Catholic
CBS
Columbia Broadcasting System
cen.
center; central
Cen.Am.
Central America
cents.
centuries
c.f.
condensed from
cf.
confer; compare; see
ch.
church; chapter (usually abbr. chap.)
chap.
chapter
CHIQ
Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly
chm. or chrm.
chairman
chs.
churches
CIC
Codex Iuris Canonici
CIM
China Inland Mission (succeeded 1964 by OMF)
CLC
Canadian Lutheran Council
CMA
Christian and Missionary Alliance
CMS
Church Missionary Society
Co.
County; Company
coed.
coeditor; coedited
coeduc.
coeducation(al)
col.
column(s)
coll.
college
com(m).
commission; committee; commonwealth
comm.
commonwealth
comp.
compile(d); compiler
Conc.
Concordia
conf.
conference; confession(al); confirm(ed)
Cong.
Congregational(ist)
cong.
congregation(al)
const.
constitution(al)
conv.
convention
CORE
Congress of Racial Equality
cotr.
cotranslator
cp.
compare
CPH
Concordia Publishing House
CR
Corpus Reformatorum
CSI
Church of South India
CSU
Christian Social Union
CTM
Concordia Theological Monthly
D.
Domine (Lat. title given learned men in the Middle Ages); equivalent of Master
d.
died
Dan.
Danish
days of the week
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
DD
Doctor of Divinity
del.
delegate
dem.
democracy; democrat(ic)
Den.
Denmark
denom.
denomination(al)
dept.
department
D. g.
Lat. Dei gratia, by the grace of God
dir.
director(s); direct(ed); directing; directress
dist.
district
Dom. Can.
Dominion of Canada
Dr.
Drive
E or E.
east(ern)
Ecclus
Ecclesiasticus; The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach (or simply Sirach)
ed.
edit(ed); edition; editor(ial); editing
educ.
educate(d); educating; education(al, -ally); educator
EELC
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church
e.g.
Lat. exempli gratia, for example
EKD
Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland
EKU
Evangelische Kirche der Union (1953)
ELC
Evangelical Lutheran Church (Norwegian)
ELCA
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Australia
ELCA
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELCC
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada
ELS
Evangelical Lutheran Synod (Norwegian)
em.
Lat. emeritus, retired
emp.
emperor
ENE
east northeast
Eng.
England; English
enl.
enlarged
Ep
Epitome
Episc.
Episcopal(ian)
1 and 2 Esd
Esdras
ESE
east southeast
ESEA
Elementary and Secondary Education Act
esp.
especially
est.
estimate(d); establish(ed, -es, -ing, -ment)
et al.
Lat. et alii (or alia), and others
FC
Formula of Concord
FCC (FCCCA)
Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America
fed.
federal; federate(d); federation
ff.
and following
FHA
Federal Housing Administration
Fin.
Finland; Finnish
fl.
flourished
FM
frequency modulation
FMCNA
Foreign Missions Conference of North America
for.
foreign
Fr.
France; French
Frhr.
Freiherr
ft.
foot; feet
gen.
general(ly)
geog.
geographer; geographic(al, -ally); geography
Ger.
German(y)
Gk.
Greek
gov(t).
governor, government
grad.
graduate(d); graduating
Gt. Brit.
Great Britain
HE
Historia Ecclesiastica
Heb.
Hebrew
hist.
historian; historic(al, -ally); history; historico
hosp.
hospital
HQ
headquarters
hr.
hour
Hung.
Hungary; Hungarian
ib. or ibid.
in the same place
ICC
International Critical Commentary
i.e.
Lat. id est, that is, namely
IELC
India Evangelical Lutheran Church
IFMA
Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association of North America, Inc.
IMC
International Missionary Council
in.
inch(es)
inc.
incorporated
indep.
independent(ly); independence
ins.
insurance; insured
inst.
institute(d); institution(al)
instn.
institution
instr.
instructor; instructed; instruction
interch.
interchurch
intercong.
intercongregational
interdenom.
interdenominational
internat.
international
intersyn.
intersynodical
introd.
introduce(d); introducing; introduction; introductory
is.
island(s); isle
It.
Italy; Italian
Jap.
Japan(ese)
Jdth
Judith
Jeh. wit.
Jehovah's witnesses
Joh.
Johann(es)
Jr.
Junior
KJV
King James Version
km
kilometer
L. or Lat.
Latin
LB
Lutheran Brethren
LC
Large Catechism
LCA
Lutheran Church in America
LCC
Lutheran Church—Canada
LCIC
Lutheran Council in Canada
LCMS
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (adopted July 1947)
LCUSA
Lutheran Council in the U. S. (A.)
LCW
Lutheran Church Women
LDA
Lutheran Deaconess Association
LEA
Lutheran Education Association
LFC
Lutheran Free Church
Lith.
Lithuania(n)
L Jer
The Letter of Jeremiah
LL
Late Latin
LLL
Lutheran Laymen's League
LMS
London Missionary Society
LPH
Lutheran Publication House
LQ
Lutheran Quarterly
lt.
lieutenant
Luth.
Lutheran
L.u.W.
Lehre und Wehre
LWC
Lutheran World Convention
LWF
Lutheran World Federation
LWML
Lutheran Women's Missionary League
LXX
Septuagint
m.
Lat. meridies, noon; married
MA
Master of Arts
1 and 2 Mac
Maccabees
Macm.
Macmillan
Man.
Manitoba
Man
The Prayer of Manasseh
MAR
Master of Arts in Religion
math.
mathematician; mathematical; mathematics
MBS
Mutual Broadcasting System
MD
Doctor of Medicine
MDiv
Master of Divinity
M.E.
Methodist Episcopal
ME
Middle English
med.
medical
Medit.
Mediterranean
MELIM
Missouri Evangelical Lutheran India Mission
mem.
member; memorial
Meth.
Methodist
Mex.
Mexico; Mexican
mgr.
manager
mi.
mile(s)
miss.
mission(ary)
ML
Medieval Latin
mo.
month
Months
Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Mo. Syn.
Missouri Synod
MP
member of parliament
MPG
J. P. Migne, Patrologiae cursus completus, series Graeca
MPL
J. P. Migne, Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina
MS (<a href="abbrev.asp?abbrev=ABBR.PL"><I>pl.</I></A> MSS)
manuscript(s)
Mt.
Mount
N or N.
north(ern)
n.
note
NAACP
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
NAE
National Association of Evangelicals
N. Am.
North America(n)
nat.
national
N. B.
New Brunswick
NBC
National Broadcasting Company
NCA
National Council on Alcoholism
NCC (NCCCUSA)
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America
n.d.
no date
NE
northeast(ern)
NEB
New English Bible
NELC
National Evangelical Lutheran Church (Finnish)
Neth.
Netherlands
Newf.
Newfoundland
NLC
National Lutheran Council
NLCA
Norwegian Lutheran Church of America
no.
number
nondenom.
nondenominational
Norw.
Norway; Norwegian
n.p.
name of publisher, printer, or place of publication not given
NPNF
Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers
N.S.
Nova Scotia
NT
New Testament
NW
northwest(ern)
NYC
New York City
NYU
New York University
OE
Old English
OF
Old French
OMF
Overseas Missionary Fellowship (1964 successor to CIM)
Ont.
Ontario
op. cit.
Lat. opere citato, in the work cited
OT
Old Testament
par.
paragraph
par.
paragraph
patrol.
patrologist; patrologic(al); patrology
PEMS
Paris Evangelical Missionary Society
Pent.
Pentecost (al, -alism)
PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
philol.
philologist; philological; philology
philos.
philosopher; philosophic(al, -ally); philosophy
physiol.
physiologist; physiological; physiology
pl.
plural
p.m.
Lat. post meridiem, afternoon, evening
POAU
Protestants and Other Americans United for Separation of Church and State
pol.
politician; political(ly); politics
pop.
population; populated
Port.
Portugal; Portuguese
pref.
preface
pref. d.
preface date
prep.
preparatory
pres.
president
Presb.
Presbyterian
prim.
primitive
print.
printed; printing; printer
prof.
professor
Prot.
Protestant
protect.
protectorate
pro tem.
Lat. pro tempore, temporary
psychol.
psychologist; psychological(ly); psychology
pub.
publish(er, -es, -ed, -ing); publication; public(ly)
q.v.
Lat. quod vide, which see
R.
River
RC
Roman Catholic
RCm
Roman Catholicism
RCs
Roman Catholics
Rd.
Road
reed.
reedited
reest.
reestablish (ed, -ing, -ment)
Ref.
Reformed
regt.
regiment
reinc.
reincorporate(d)
reintrod.
reintroduce(d)
rep.
republic(an)
reprint.
reprinted; reprinting
repub.
republish(ed, -ing)
resp.
respective(ly)
rev.
revise(d); revision; reviser
R.i.p.
Lat. Requiescat in pace, May he (or she) rest in peace
RMS
Rhenish Mission Society
RSV
Revised Standard Version
Russ.
Russia(n)
RV
Revised Version
S or S.
south(ern)
S.S.
Sunday school
SA
Smalcald Articles
Salv. Army
Salvation Army
S.Am.
South America(n)
Sask.
Saskatchewan
sc.
Lat. scilicet, namely
SC
Small Catechism
Scand.
Scandinavia(n)
SCM
Student Christian Movement
Scot.
Scotland; Scottish; Scotch
SD
Solida Declaratio, Thorough Declaration
SE
southeast(ern)
secy.
secretary
sel.
selected; selection
SELC
Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church; Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches
sem.
seminary
sess.
session
Skt.
Sanskrit
Slov.
Slovak(ia)
soc.
society; social(ly)
sociol.
sociologist; sociological; sociology
Sp.
Spain; Spanish
Span.
Spanish
SPCK
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
SPG
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts
sq.
square
Sr.
Senior
SS.
Saints
SSR
Soviet Socialist Republic
SSW
south southwest
St.
Saint; Street
stand.
standard
States
Ala., Alaska, Ariz., Ark., Calif., Colo., Conn., Del., Fla., Ga., Hawaii, Idaho, Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kans., Ky., La., Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., Miss., Mo., Mont., Nebr., Nev., N. H., N. J., N. Mex., N. Y., N. C., N. Dak., Ohio, Okla., Oreg., Pa., R. I., S. C., S. Dak., Tenn., Tex., Utah, Vt., Va., Wash., W. Va., Wis., Wyo., D. C.
St.L.ed.
St. Louis (Concordia) edition of Luther's Works
STM
Master of Sacred Theology
stud.
studied; student
supt.
superintendent
Sus
Susanna
SVM
Student Volunteer Movement
SW
southwest(ern)
Swed.
Sweden; Swedish
Switz.
Switzerland
syn.
synod(ical)
ThD
Doctor of Theology
The ALC
The American Lutheran Church (1960)
theol.
theologian; theological(ly); theology
Thor.Decl.
Thorough Declaration, Solida Declaratio (also abbr. SD)
TLH
The Lutheran Hymnal
TM
Theological Monthly
Tob
Tobit
TQ
Theological Quarterly
TQS
Theologische Quartalschrift
tr.
translate(d); translating; translation; translator
Tractatus
Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope
treas.
treasurer
Trig. or Trigl.
Triglot(ta)
Trin.
Trinity
TV
television
Twp.
Township
U.
University
UAC
Unaltered Augsburg Confession
UDELC
United Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Changed name 1945 to United Evangelical Lutheran Church.
UELC
United Evangelical Lutheran Church (see UDELC)
U.F.C. of Scot.
United Free Church of Scotland
ULC(A)
United Lutheran Church in America
UN
United Nations
undergrad.
undergraduate
UNIA
Universal Negro Improvement Association
univs.
universities
unpub.
unpublished
US(A), or U.S.(A.)
United States of America
USSR
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
v.
von; verse
VA
Veterans Administration
VBS
vacation Bible school
VELKD
Vereinigte Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche Deutschlands
vice-pres.
vice-president
viz.
Lat. videlicet, namely
vol.
volume
vs.
versus
vv.
verses
W or W.
west(ern)
WA
Weimar Ausgabe of Luther's Works, main series
WA-Br
Weimar Ausgabe of Luther's Works, letters (Briefe)
WA-DB
Weimar Ausgabe of Luther's Works, Bible (Deutsche Bibel)
WA-T
Weimar Ausgabe of Luther's Works, table talk (Tischreden)
WCC
World Council of Churches
WCTU
Woman's Christian Temperance Union
WELS
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
WFB
World Fellowship of Buddhists
Wis
The Wisdom of Solomon
WW
World War
YMCA
Young Men's Christian Association
yr.
year
YWCA
Young Women's Christian Association
ZKG
Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte
etc.
Lat. et cetera, and so forth
Eur.
Europe(an)
Ev. Rev.
Evangelical Review
ev.
evangelical(ly)
Ex. Com.
Executive Committee
ex.
executive


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