The Essential Forde is a collection without context. The book includes four chapters from Forde’s thesis, The Law-Gospel Debate, and other articles or selections from his writings. But no context is given for any item. Not even bibliographical information. We give you the context in the real Forde–
 The Essential Forde. Distinguishing Law and Gospel. Gerhard O. Forde, eds. Nicholas Hopman, Mark C. Mattes, and Steven D. Paulson (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2019).
 Forde, The Law-Gospel Debate: An Interpretation of its Historical Development (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1969).