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Refo500 Academic Studies (R5AS), Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
978-3-525-55207-0 W. Bradford Littlejohn
Richard Hooker and Reformed Orthodoxy

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017, 355 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55207-0
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Refo500 Academic Studies R5AS, Vol 38

This volume contains essays investigating key loci of Richard Hooker's theology in comparison and contrast with other selfconsciously Reformed theologians c. 1550-1650, both on the Coritinent and in the British isles.
The contributions to this volume facilitate new perspectives and thoughts to Richard Hooker's theology. A wide range of scholars consider Richard Hooker's theology within the full context of late 16th- and early 17th-century Reformed orthodoxy, both in England and on the Continent and will shed light on how Hooker was perceived within Reformed circles. The theological topics touched on in the course of these essays include such central issues as the doctrine of Scripture, predestination, Christology, soteriology, the sacraments, and law.
W. Bradford Littlejohn, Ph.D, is the Director of the Davenant Trust.
Scott N. Kindred-Barnes, Ph.D, is Minister of the First Baptist Church of Ottawa, Canada.
Potential Audience: Theologians, Church Historians, researchers of Continental Protestantism and Reformed Theological Orthodoxy.
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978-3-525-55253-7 Christian Peters
Vom Humanismus zum Täuferreich

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017, 201 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55253-7
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Refo500 Academic Studies R5AS, Vol 38
Der Weg des Bernhard Rothmann
Christian Peters bietet eine weithin neue Deutung Bernhard Rothmanns (um 1495–1535), des Reformators der westfälischen Bischofsstadt Münster und nachmals wichtigsten Theologen der dortigen Täufer. Es wendet sich damit einer Gestalt zu, die die Nachwelt fast durchweg ablehnte, deren historische und geistesgeschichtliche Einordnung aber doch von erheblicher Bedeutung ist. Das gilt nicht nur im Blick auf die Entstehung des spektakulären „Täuferreiches von Münster“. Es gilt auch für das Verständnis der Reformation in weiten Teilen Nord- und Nordwestdeutschlands, die sich ja an vielen Stellen nur schwer in die gängigen Schemata fügt (sogenannter „Klevischer Sonderweg“). Hier werden nun vor allem die Bezüge zum „Deutschen Humanismus“ beleuchtet. Wie stand Rothmann zu und innerhalb dieser Bewegung? Und wie erklärt dies sein Agieren gegenüber den Vertretern der „Wittenberger“ und der für ihn noch wichtigeren „Oberdeutschen Reformation“? Beigefügt sind Editionen der ersten Publikation Rothmanns (1526) sowie einer bislang kaum beachteten Frühschrift des für ihn wichtigen Antitrinitariers Johannes Campanus (um 1500–nach 1574).
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978-3-525-55109-7 Violet Soen
The Council of Trent: Reform and Controversy in Europe and Beyond (1545-1700)
Vol. 3: Between Artists and Adventurers

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016, 336 Seiten, Hardcover,
978-3-525-55109-7
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Violet Soen
The Council of Trent: Reform and Controversy in Europe and Beyond (1545-1700)
Vol. 2: Between Bishops and Princes

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016, 336 Seiten, Hardcover,
978-3-525-55108-0
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Violet Soen
The Council of Trent: Reform and Controversy in Europe and Beyond (1545-1700)
Vol. 1: Between Trent, Rome and Wittenberg

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016, 336 Seiten, Hardcover,
978-3-525-55107-3
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Refo500 Academic Studies R5AS, Vol 35,1-3

Exactly 450 years after the solemn closure of the Council of Trent on 4 December 1563, scholars from diverse regional, disciplinary and confessional backgrounds convened in Leuven to reflect upon the impact of this Council, not only in Europe but also beyond. Their conclusions are to be found in these three impressive volumes. Bridging different generations of scholarship, the authors reassess in a first volume Tridentine views on the Bible, theology and liturgy, as well as their reception by Protestants, deconstructing many myths surviving in scholarship and society alike. They also deal with the mechanisms ‘Rome’ developed to hold a grip on the Council’s implementation. The second volume analyzes the changes in local ecclesiastical life, initiated by bishops, orders and congregations, and the political strife and confessionalisation accompanying this reform process. The third and final volume examines the afterlife of Trent in arts and music, as well as in the global impact of Trent through missions.
978-3-525-55108-0 978-3-525-55107-3
978-3-525-55130-1 Matthew Becker
Nineteenth-Century Lutheran Theologians

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015, 359 Seiten, Hardcover,
978-3-525-55130-1
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Refo500 Academic Studies R5AS, Vol 31

This collection of essays, a companion volume to the book, Twentieth-Century Lutheran Theologians (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013), examines important nineteenth-century figures from the perspective of contemporary European and North-American scholars. Each essay provides an overview of the life and central ideas of a key Lutheran/Protestant theologian who has had a significant impact on theological reflection down to the present. The focus here is on those thinkers who were active between 1799 (the year when Schleiermacher’s Speeches appeared) and the First World War. These are individuals who deserve repeated examination, whose insights are still worth pondering today, and whose theological positions help us to understand better “where contemporary theology has come from” (Karl Barth). All of the essays were initiated by the journal Lutheran Quarterly in order to assess our theological heritage as we move further into a new millennium. The goal of the authors, each a leading theologian, has been to describe a given thinker's life and vocation and how that person’s work continues to impact theology today.
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978-3-525-55110-3 Frances Luttikhuizen
Underground Protestantism in Sixteenth Century Spain
A Much Ignored Side of Spanish History
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016, 448 Seiten, Hardcover,
978-3-525-55110-3
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Refo500 Academic Studies R5AS, Vol 30
Frances Luttikhuizen chronicles the arrival, reception, and suppression of Protestant thought in sixteenth century Spain—referred to at that time as ‘Lutheranism’. It opens with several chapters describing the socio-political-religious context that prevailed in Spain at the beginning of the sixteenth century and the growing trend to use the vernacular for parts of the Mass, as well as for catechizing the populace. Special attention is given to the forerunners, that is, the early alumbrado-deixados, the role of Cardinal Cisneros, and the impact of Erasmus and Juan de Valdes, etc. The use of archival material provides new details regarding the historical framework and the spread of evangelical thought in sixteenth century Spain. These dispatches and trial records greatly enrich the main body of the work, which deals with the arrival and confiscation of evangelical literature, the attitude of Charles V and Philip II towards religious dissidents, and the severe persecution of the underground evangelical circles at Seville and Valladolid. Special attention is given to the many women involved in the movement. The recurrent mention of the discovery and confiscation of prohibited literature shows how books played an important role in the development of the movements. The final chapters focus on the exiles and their contributions, the persecution of foreigners, and the years up to the abolition of the Inquisition. The work concludes with the efforts made in the nineteenth century to rediscover the history of the persecuted sixteenth century Spanish Protestants and their writings.
978-3-525-55101-1 Jeff Fisher
A Christoscopic Reading of Scripture: Johannes Oecolampadius on Hebrews
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016, 272 Seiten, Hardcover,
978-3-525-55101-1
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Refo500 Academic Studies R5AS, Vol 29
One of the most significant, but often overlooked, interpreters during the Reformation was Johannes Oecolampadius (1482-1531), the first-generation reformer at Basel. This book is the first to analyze and identify the significance of Oecolampadius’s voice among those who shaped the way the Bible was interpreted during the pivotal time of the Reformation. The focus of this study is on Oecolampadius’s 1534 commentary on the biblical book of Hebrews, which derived from his theology lectures at the University of Basel in 1529-1530. By comparing his exegesis with more than twenty-five of the most relevant interpreters from the early church to the Reformation, this work reveals several important aspects of the changes in medieval and Reformation-era exegesis that need to be incorporated into our understanding of the history of biblical interpretation. Most significantly, this work demonstrates that by recovering and adapting an Alexandrian interpretive notion of Christ as the goal of Scripture, Oecolampadius’s Christoscopic reading of Scripture served as an essential step in the shift toward Reformed interpretative approaches, such as that of John Calvin. Recognizing the value of this Christoscopic approach also identifies that Oecolampadius functions as a great example of one who embodied a theological interpretation of Scripture and contributed to the way scholars speak about the use of the New Testament in the Old even today.
978-3-525-55058-8 Anne Eusterschulte
Anthropological Reformations – Anthropology in the Era of Reformation

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015, 575 Seiten, Hardcover,
978-3-525-55058-8
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Refo500 Academic Studies R5AS, Vol 28:
The aim of the volume is to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion about the establishment and debates on anthropological concepts and their changes in the age of Reformation: How do anthropological concepts touch theological questions such as the freedom of will or the human likeness to God? In which ways is there a reflection on emotions? How is scientific knowledge received by theologians? How is contemporary thought on the conditio humana presented in literature and poetry?
The volume combines selected papers of relevant experts with the research work of young graduate or postgraduate scholars. It tries to encourage a transdisciplinary, international discussion focused on exemplary case studies as well as systematic points of view. Thanks to the outstanding commitment of all participants of the conference we are able to present the results of this discussion, a rich and comprehensive spectrum of research work, which will encourage further research.
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978-3-525-55097-7 Gabriella Erdélyi
Armed Memory
Agency and Peasant Revolts in Central and Southern Europe (1450–1700)

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016, 361 Seiten, Hardcover,
978-3-525-55097-7
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Refo500 Academic Studies R5AS, Vol 27:
The edited volume aims to re-contextualize revolts in early modern Central and Southern Europe (Hungary, Croatia, Czech Lands, Austria, Germany, Italy) by adopting the interdisciplinary and comparative methods of social and cultural history. Instead of structural explanations like the model of state-building versus popular resistance, it wishes to put back the peasants themselves to the historical narratives of revolts. Peasants appear in the book as active agents fighting or bargaining for freedom, which was a practical issue for them. Nonetheless, the language of lord-peasant negotiation was that of religion, just as official punishments used Christian symbols. The approach of revolts as the events of collective violence also highlights the experiences and memories of participants. How did individuals and groups use remembering and forgetting as a means of forging an identity for themselves? Instead of the narratives of the powerful that became the normative stories of history, the perspective of the rebels uncovers the everyday faces of revolts more forcibly. Finally, contributors examine how later narrators used the rebels for their own purposes, in other words the subsequent representation of the revolts and their leaders in image, literature and historiography comes to the fore. The volume aims to overcome disciplinary boundaries by bringing together historians and scholars of related disciplines including the history of literature, the visual arts and anthropology. The central contention of the volume - the cultural imprint of peasant revolts - is fully addressed, thereby filling a conspicuous gap in the currently available literature.
Gabriella Erdélyi, PhD, is senior research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest.
978-3-525-55088-5 Karen E. Spierling
Calvin and the book
The Evolution of the Printed Word in Reformed Protestantism
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015, 168 Seiten, Hardcover
978-3-525-55088-5
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Refo500 Academic Studies R5AS, Vol 25:
John Calvin's relation to the printed Word.
The Protestant Reformation has long had the reputation as being a movement of "the Book", led by reformers like John Calvin who were "men of the Book". The essays in this volume reveal many of the underlying complexities of these terms. Building on research and scholarly discussions of recent decades, these authors delve into a variety of topics related to John Calvin and the printed word, ranging from the physical changes in printed texts in the first decades of the Reformation to Calvin's thinking about the relationship of two books - the Bible and his own Institutes - to Christian doctrine. Calvin remains a towering figure in the Protestant Reformation, whose theology and religious views are still often cast as rigid and unchanging. These essays emphasize, in contrast, the evolutions and transitions that were fundamental to Calvin's own participation in the Reformation and to the ways that his leadership influenced developments in Reformed Christianity in the following centuries. The contributors, international experts on the history of Calvin and Reformed Protestantantism and on Calvin's theology, bring a wide variety of historical and theological approaches to bear on the question of Calvin's relationship to the printed word. Taken all together, these essays will push specialists and general readers to rethink standard assumptions about Calvin's influence on Reformed Christianity and, in particular, about the interplay among theology, Reformed discipline, religious education efforts, and the printed word in early modern Europe.
978-3-525-55084-7 Arnold Huijgen
The Spirituality of the Heidelberg Catechism
Papers of the International Conference on the Heidelberg Catechism Held in Apeldoorn 2013
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015, 287 Seiten, Hardcover,
978-3-525-55084-7
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Refo500 Academic Studies R5AS, Vol 24:
At the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, an international conference on the spirituality of the Heidelberg Catechism was held at the Theological University Apeldoorn, 21-22 June 2013. This publication offers the plenary papers presented, and a selection of the short papers. While the papers center on the Catechism's spirituality, a wide range of topics is covered, from both historical and theological perspectives. These topics include: the roles of Ursinus and Olevianus, controverse theologians, anabaptist spirituality, comparisons with Calvin's Genevan Catechism and the later Synopsis of Purer Theology. Also, the distinct spirituality of faith, regeneration, the trinity, the law and prayer in the Heidelberg Catechism are scrutinized, besides the idea of mystical union and the art of dying and living. Three contributions reflect on the controversy on the Eucharist which has stamped the Heidelberg Catechism. From a practical-theological perspective, the preaching and teaching of the Catechism are discussed, as well as the mode of gospel presentation and the permanent character of catechetical instruction. So, this volume offers a broad range of scholarly perspectives on the Catechism. Its spirituality is famous for the first question and answer, on the only comfort in life and death: "That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ."
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Arnold Huijgen ist Dozent für systematische Theologie an der Theologischen Universität Apeldoorn und Pfarrer einer reformierten Gemeinde.
978-3-525-55083-0 Herman J. Selderhuis
Reformed Majorities in Early Modern Europe

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015, 373 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55083-0
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This volume contains the papers of the international RefoRC conference on 'Reformed Majorities and Minorities in Early Modern Europe' as it was organized by the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Emden in cooperation with the Faculty of 'Artes Liberales' of the University of Warsaw. The conference took place April 10-12, 2013 in Emden and was part of the research project 'Doctrina et Tolerantia' directed by the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek. The contributions in this volume deal with the question how the relation between doctrine and toleration was dealt with in territories with a Reformed majority. Did the refugee-experience of the Reformed make them tolerant or militant? How did official policy relate to everyday practice? Were there different opinions on this issue within the Reformed tradition? The answers to these questions give more insights into the diversity of international Calvinism and the way theory was put into practice.
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978-3-525-55080-9 Jonathan Mumme
Die Präsenz Christi im Amt
Am Beispiel ausgewählter Predigten Martin Luthers, 1535–1546
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015, 403 Seiten, Hardcover,
978-3-525-55080-9
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Die Predigten Luthers bilden eine nützliche, aber bislang übersehene Quelle zur Feststellung seiner Theologie. Diese vorliegende Untersuchung von Predigten aus dem letzten Jahrzehnt seines Lebens zeigt das homiletisch vermittelte Amtsverständnis des reifen Luthers ab Beginn der regelmäßigen Ordinationen in Wittenberg. Im Zentrum dieser Amtstheologie steht die Überzeugung einer Präsenz Christi im Amt. Dieses Leitmotiv lässt sich von verschiedenen Aspekten betrachten, aus denen wertvolle Feststellungen gewonnen werden können: Luther versteht zum Beispiel eine christologische, apostolische und historische Kontinuität des Amts. Zudem fasst er die Amtsträger als Mittel, Organe und Werkzeuge auf, die der Gemeinde gegenüberstehen. Das Pendant dieses Gegenübers (?) bildet eine zweiseitige Gewissheit bezüglich des mittelbaren Sprechens und Handelns Gottes. Über diese einzelnen Feststellungen hinaus können auch ekklesiologische Schlüsse aus den Predigten gezogen werden. Jonathan Mumme zeigt, dass Luthers homiletisch vermitteltes Verständnis des Amts in systematisch-theologischer Sicht neue Perspektiven auf ein umstrittenes Thema, die auch in der Ökumene Frucht tragen könnten.
Zu den Predigten 1535-1546 siehe Weimarer Lutherausgabe WA 38 ff
978-3-525-55079-3 Herman J. Selderhuis
Reformation und Rationalität

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015, 317 Seiten, Hardcover
978-3-525-55079-3
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Am 19. Oktober 1512 wurde Martin Luther zum Doktor der Theologie promoviert. Die reformatorische Bewegung ging mit ihm und durch ihn zunächst von akademischen Anliegen aus, die auch von Anfang an das Verhältnis zwischen der Theologie und den anderen Wissenschaften betrafen.
Nicht zuletzt das 500. Jubiläum der Promotion Luthers nehmen die Beiträger des Bands zum Anlass, das Verhältnis von Reformation und Rationalität neu zu untersuchen. Die Autoren beschreiben unter anderem den wissenschaftlichen und reformatorischen Rahmen, in dem Luthers Promotion stattfand, und fragen zudem nach der Beziehung von Reformation und Rationalität in der lutherischen und in der calvinistischen Orthodoxie.
978-3-525-55041-0 Hermann A. Speelman
Melanchthon and Calvin on Confession and Communion
Early Modern Protestant Penitential and Eucharistic Piety
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016, 362 Seiten, Hardcover
978-3-525-55041-0
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Preface by A. van de Beek and P. J. J. van Geest
Melanchthon and Calvin were late medieval people, stemming from a world of order and unity, and at the same time they fully lived in the early modern world, in which everything was changing. In this new world they committedly, enthusiastically, and restlessly sought to introduce some order, in theory as well as practice. The sixteenth-century church was governed by multiple coercive constructions and systems. Did the two Reformers really succeed in disconnecting themselves from them, and to what extent did they connect to, for example, the existing forms of eucharistic piety?
The established church had come under serious criticism, and people were massively turning their backs on the less than attractive ecclesiastical practices—something connecting that era to ours. In these highly turbulent and suspenseful 1520s, when it was not yet clear whether the ten-year-old evangelical movement in Germany was still viable, Melanchthon tried to introduce at least some order into the chaos by means of a confession accompanied by a church order. As it turned out, the new doctrine on ‘Christian freedom’ and ‘justification by faith alone’ was easily interpreted in a one-sided manner. Through a careful analysis of the sources, Herman A. Speelman examines Melanchthon’s church visitations in 1527 and Calvin’s five attempts to shape the modernisation of ecclesiastical life. In addition to the gospel, also penance and the preaching of the law received a place in the Protestant liturgy and spirituality.
Melanchthon’s and Calvin’s contributions were not only to have an enormous impact on the theological evolutions in the evangelical movement in Europe, but they also proved to be of eminent importance for the way in which the new doctrine was given meaning in practice. Their instructions continue to be highly influential in large parts of Europe today.
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Boris Wagner-Peterson
Doctrina schola vitae
Zacharias Ursinus (1534-1583) als Schriftausleger

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013, 456 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55055-7

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Boris Wagner-Peterson erschließt in seiner Untersuchung erstmals das Spätwerk von Zacharias Ursinus, dem mutmaßlichen Hauptverfasser des Heidelberger Katechismus (1563). Im Zentrum steht die umfangreiche Jesaja-Vorlesung Ursinus’, die kurz vor seinem Tod entstanden ist. Wagner-Peterson untersucht zunächst diese Vorlesung auf ihre Methodik, Hermeneutik und Theologie hin: Methodisch erweist sich Ursinus als humanistisch geprägter Exeget, der in der Tradition Melanchthons grammatisch-rhetorisch das Schriftwort untersucht, aber gleichzeitig auch in der Tradition der »École rhénane« den hebräischen Urtext und die mittelalterlich-jüdische Auslegung rezipiert. Seine Hermeneutik zeigt sich in der Konzentration auf schriftgebundene doctrina und deren applicatio in verschiedene Kontexte (Kontroverstheologie, Pastoraltheologie und seelsorgerlicher Trost). Doctrina und deren applicatio zielen auf einen Glaubensgehorsam (oboedientia) des Erwählten Gottes. Die Theologie des späten Ursinus’ weist als Zentrum die doppelte Prädestinationslehre im Rahmen von Gottes Providenz auf. Wagner-Peterson vergleicht darüber hinaus exemplarisch Methodik, Hermeneutik und Theologie Ursinus’ mit Jesaja-Kommentaren vor allem des 16. Jahrhunderts anhand von Jesaja 5. In einem Ausblick zeichnet er die Entwicklung von Ursinus’ Theologie bis hin zu seinem Spätwerk nach. Als Anhang ist der Arbeit erstmalig eine Bibliographie der Schriften und Fragmente Ursinus’ beigefügt. In seinem Werk erschließt Wagner-Peterson die markante Theologie eines Exponenten des konfessionellen Zeitalters anhand seiner Schriftauslegung: Ursinus hat als »reformierter Schultheologe« bewusst als Lehrer schriftorientierte doctrina systematisch und didaktisch reflektiert entfaltet, damit doctrina Grundlage für die Orientierung im Leben und im Sterben werden konnte. Ziel seiner Bemühungen war die Durchdringung und Internalisierung der Botschaft der Schrift als lebenslanger Lernprozess der Erwählten Gottes, bei dem doctrina zur Schule für das Leben (doctrina schola vitae) werden sollte.
R. Ward Holder
Calvin and Luther:
The Continuing Relationship

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013, 250 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55057-1
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The reforms begun by Luther and Calvin became two of the largest and most influential movements to arise in the sixteenth century, but frequently, these two movements are seen and defined as polar opposites – one’s theology is Reformed or Lutheran, one is a member of a Reformed or Lutheran congregation. Historically, these were two very separate movements – but more remains to be understood that can best be analyzed in the context of the other.
Just as surely as the historical question of the boundaries between Calvin and Luther, or Lutheranism and Calvinism must be answered with a resounding yes, the ongoing doctrinal questions offer a different picture. In the more systematic doctrinal articles, an argument is forwarded that the broad confessional continuity between Luther and Calvin on the soteriological theme of union with Christ offers still-unexplored avenues to both deeper understandings of soteriology. Through such articles, we begin to see the possibility of a rapprochement between Calvin and Luther as sources, though not as historical figures. But that insight allows the conversation to extend, and bear far greater fruit.
Contributors are, J.T. Billings, Ch. Helmer , H.P. Jürgens, S.C. Karant-Nunn, R. Kolb, Th.F. Latini, G.S. Pak, J. Watt, T.J. Wengert, P. Westermeyer, and D.M. Whitford.
Silvio Reichelt
Der Erlebnisraum Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013, 430 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55054-0
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Genese, Entwicklung und Bestand eines protestantischen Erinnerungsortes
Silvio Reichelts Arbeit untersucht den in Wittenberg gepflegten Umgang mit dem reformationsgeschichtlichen Erbe der Stadt unter den Bedingungen von fünf verschiedenen politischen Systemen. Die analytische Tiefenbohrung im »historisch langen Bogen« von 1883 bis 2011 zeigt, wie der Erlebnisraum Lutherstadt Wittenberg als historischer Raum des Wissens, politischer Raum der Ideologie und sakraler Raum des Glaubens Erinnerung leiten, kanalisieren und kodieren konnte. Deutlich wird dabei, dass historische Erinnerung die Vergangenheit nicht einfach rekonstruiert, sondern sich vielmehr als permanenter Überschreibungsprozess charakterisieren lässt. Bewohner und Besucher machen sich mittels Erinnerung ein »Bild« von der Vergangenheit, ein Prozess, der stets an den Raum gebunden ist. Deshalb ist die Geschichte der in Wittenberg betriebenen Reformationserinnerung nicht nur eine des Schutzes und der Erhaltung eines historischen Stadtraums, sondern sie ist auch eine Folge von räumlichen Operationen, die der Formierung eines gewünschten Vorstellungshorizonts dienten. Wittenberg war seit dem 19. Jahrhundert einem ständigen Formenwandel unterworfen, der sich zwischen den Polen Authentizitätsanspruch, Geschichtswert und Vergegenwärtigungszweck bewegt hat. Dieser Prozess war mit einer grundsätzlichen Bedeutungsverschiebung der Reformation verbunden: Während ihre sinnstiftende Bedeutung als religiöses Moment tendenziell schwand, nahm ihre erlebnisorientierte Wahrnehmung als beschauliches historisches Ambiente zu. Reichelts historischer Rückblick liefert wichtige Erkenntnisse für die gegenwärtig praktizierte Reformationserinnerung. Dies gilt sowohl für den Umgang mit den materiellen Zeugnissen der Vergangenheit als auch für die Kommemoration im Fest und die Ausgestaltung des Luthertourismus.
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Orte der Reformation
  Mark C. Mattes
Twentieth-Century Lutheran Theologians

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013, 368 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55045-8

99,99 EUR
Vol 10:

This collection of essays examines important twentieth-century Lutheran theologians, including European and North American voices. Each essay provides an overview of the life and thought of important confessional Lutherans who shaped theology with an ecumenical, world-wide impact. The focus here is not on later twentieth-century figures but earlier ones, selected similar to the spirit manifest in Karl Barth’s contention »lest we forget where contemporary theology came from« (Protestant Theology From Rousseau to Ritschl). The essays composed over the last five years were initiated by Lutheran Quarterly in order to assess our recent past as we move into a new millennium. The goal of each author, each a leading theologian, has been to describe each thinker’s life and vocation and how each thinker’s work continues to impact theology today.
  Peter Opitz
The Myth of the Reformation

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013, 368 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55033-5

120,00 EUR
Vol 9:

Im Juni 2011 fand die erste Konferenz des Reformation Research Consortium (RefoRC) am Institut für Schweizerische Reformgeschichte an der Theologischen Fakultät Zürich statt. Der Titel »Mythos der Reformation« ermutigte kritische Perspektiven auf herkömmliche Vorstellungen über die Reformation des 16. Jahrhunderts. Peter Opitz bietet eine Auswahl von dort gehaltenen Vorträgen und versammelt facettenreiche Aspekte und Perspektiven zur Thematik. Dadurch gelingt es Opitz zumindest einen Mythos zu widerlegen, nämlich dass die Reformationszeit eine langweilige Periode war, in der es nicht viel mehr außer den herkömmlichen Mythen zu entdecken gäbe.
Hartmut Lehmann
Luthergedächtnis
1817 bis 2017
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012, 350 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55039-7
100,00 EUR
Vol 8:
Untersucht man die Lutherjubiläen der vergangenen zwei Jahrhunderte, fällt auf, dass viele der Lutherdeutungen, die Festredner bei den verschiedenen Anlässen von der dreihundertjährigen Wiederkehr der Abfassung der Thesen 1817 bis zur Erinnerung an Luthers 500. Geburtstag 1983 mit Pathos vortrugen, relativ rasch wieder in Vergessenheit gerieten. Je populärer der Ton des Lutherlobs, desto rascher schwand die Erinnerung an diese Stimmen. Je stärker die Aktualisierung besonderer Leistungen Luthers, desto kurzlebiger der Eindruck. Je mehr Luthers Leben heroisiert wurde, desto weniger konnten diejenigen, die Luther skeptisch gegenüberstanden, für die Sache des Protestantismus und speziell des Luthertums gewonnen werden. Je mehr die Deutschen "ihren Luther" beziehungsweise Luther als eine der größten Gestalten ihrer Geschichte feierten, desto schwieriger wurde es für die Angehörigen anderer Nationen, Luthers Leistungen unbefangen zu loben. Fast will es scheinen, dass diejenigen, die Luther feierten, immer zuerst und vor allem sich selbst feierten ihre eigene politische Position, ihre eigenen kulturellen Werte, ihre jeweiligen kirchenpolitischen Ansichten. Mit anderen Worten: Immer wieder, von 1817 an, wurde das Luthergedächtnis für bestimmte politische oder auch kirchliche und kulturelle Zwecke instrumentalisiert.
Inhaltsverzeichnis und Leseprobe
978-3-525-55047-2 Kolb / Kuropka / Dingel
Philip Melanchthon
Theologian in Classroom, Confession, and Controversy
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012, 310 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55047-2
100,00 EUR
Vol 7:

These twelve essays by international scholars investigate Melanchthon’s theological activities as teacher, confessor of the faith, and defender of his doctrine and ecclesiastical policies as they developed within the context of his service of society and church. In the past quarter century Melanchthon researchers have scrutinized older, mostly negative, interpretations of the Preceptor Germaniae. The editors present in this volume precisely focused appraisals of »Master Philip« in his role as theologian at the university and in the service of his own prince and others. By carefully placing his use of Aristotle, his understanding of the nature of training for pastoral ministry, his biblical exegesis in context, by analyzing four of his attempts to formulate Wittenberg teaching in public confession, by assessing how his own writings took on normative character for the church, and by tracing his thinking on the free will and the Lord’s Supper in the midst of controversy, these authors offer carefully etched portraits of Melanchthon as Preceptor ecclesiae. This volume contributes to the expansion of our understanding of Melanchthon as key figure in the Wittenberg Reformation and the currents of controversy that have long surrounded the interpretation of his contributions.
Von: Irene Dingel, Robert Kolb, Nicole Kuropka, Timothy J. Wengert
Inhaltsverzeichnis und Leseprobe
978-3-525-55031-1 Andreas J. Beck
Melanchthon und die Reformierte Tradition

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016, 270 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55031-1
85,00 EUR
Refo500 Academic Studies R5AS Vol 6:
Andreas J. Beck versammelt die Beiträge der internationalen wissenschaftlichen Tagung »Melanchthon und die Reformierte Tradition«, die vom 10.-12. November 2010 in Emden stattfand. Die Tagung wurde anlässlich Melanchthons 450. Todesjahres von der Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek Emden in Kooperation mit der Evangelisch-Theologischen Fakultät Leuven und der Europäischen Melanchthonakademie Bretten organisiert. Die einzelnen Beiträge stammen von Forschern aus Deutschland, den Niederlanden, Belgien, Frankreich, England und Ungarn und dokumentieren den bisher kaum erforschten, großen Einfluss Philip Melanchthons auf die reformierte Tradition. Einige Beiträge erörtern spezifische theologische Fragen, wie etwa das Verhältnis von Wort und Geist oder Freiheit und Wille bei Melanchthon. Andere Beiträge stellen größere Bezüge her, etwa zwischen Melanchthon und der reformierten Frömmigkeit oder der reformierten Scholastik. Außerdem thematisieren Beiträge Melanchthons Einfluss in Deutschland, der Schweiz, Frankreich, den Niederlanden und Ungarn thematisiert. Einige Beiträge zur Rezeption Melanchthons in der reformierten Tradition des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts und ein Rückblick auf das Melanchthon-Gedenkjahr 2010 runden das Bild ab.Die beträchtliche Bedeutung Melanchthons für die reformierte Theologie, Frömmigkeit und Bildung zeigt sich nun deutlicher als in der bisherigen Forschung und stellt zugleich die einseitige Assoziation der reformierten Tradition mit Calvin in Frage. Melanchthon wirkte international über sein ausgedehntes Netzwerk mit Gelehrten und kirchlichen Leitern, seine Bildungs- und Universitätsreformen, seinen Schüler und sein überaus vielseitiges Schrifttum; er war der Lehrer Europas (Praeceptor Europae), nicht nur der Lehrer Deutschlands (Praecepter Germaniae).
Dr. theol. Andreas J. Beck ist Professor für Historische Theologie der Evangelisch-Theologischen Fakultät in Leuven, Belgien.
Inhaltsverzeichnis und Leseprobe
Luise Schottroff
Die Bereitung zum Sterben
Studien zu den frühen reformatorischen Sterbebüchern
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013, 142 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55038-0

65,00 EUR
Refo500 Academic Studies R5AS Vol 5
Die vorreformatorischen Schriften zur Sterbekunst ("Ars moriendi") waren durch ihre Bilder und kurzen Texte bereits sehr verbreitet. Martin Luther führte diese Gattung in seinem "Sermon von der Bereitung zum Sterben" (1519, siehe WA 2) fort. Er verwendete dafür auch Gedanken aus einem 1518 anonym veröffentlichten "Libellus auro praestantior ", einem "Büchlein vorzüglicher als Gold" über die Vorbereitung für das Sterben und stellte in seiner Schrift die teuflischen Anfechtungen mit Tod, Hölle, Gottes Zorn und Sünde in den Mittelpunkt. Auf sein Traktat folgten viele Schriften von Theologen, die seine Anliegen aufnahmen. Luise Schottroff stellt diese Literatur hier erstmalig zusammen.
Dr. Luise Schottroff ist evangelische Theologin. Bis 1999 war sie Professorin für Neues Testament an den Universitäten Mainz und Kassel. Von 2001 - 2005 lehrte sie an der Pacific School of Religion/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley und am Union Theological Seminary New York, USA. Ihre Arbeitsschwerpunkte sind: Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, Sozialgeschichtliche Theologie und Feministische Theologie.
Inhaltsverzeichnis und Leseprobe
Dariusz Brycko
The Irenic Calvinism of Daniel Kalaj (d. 1681)
A Study in the History and Theology of the Polish-Lithuanian Reformation
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013, 192 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55046-5
74,99 EUR
Vol 4:
Daniel Kalaj (d.1681) was a Polish Reformer of Hungarian background, born in Little Poland (Malopolska) and trained in Franeker, Friesland, under some of the most brilliant Reformed theologians of seventeenth-century Europe, such as Cocceius and Cloppenburgh. Kalaj’s ministry in the Reformed Church of Little Poland was abruptly interrupted when Catholic authorities wrongly accused him of spreading then-outlawed Arianism, calling him a »Calvinoarian.« Kalaj became the first Polish Protestant minister to receive a sentence of capital punishment as a result of the new anti-toleration law issued in 1658 against Arians, under the false pretext of military treason during the Second Northern War (1655–1660). He escaped the axe by fleeing to Lithuania (and later to Gdansk), where he wrote his best-known work »A Friendly Dialogue between an Evangelical Minister and a Roman Catholic Priest«. The »Friendly Dialogue« is both: Kalaj’s own personal defense and a compendium to Polish Reformed doctrine, and has a strongly irenic disposition. In contrast with many Reformed thinkers of his day, Kalaj is capable of communicating Reformed doctrine in a friendly and peaceful manner. He places special emphasis on the unity of the catholic church, as expressed in his statement that »the three churches Roman, and Lutheran, and Reformed are all part of one true church before God,« while at the same time attempting to retain his Reformed orthodoxy.

Dr. theol. Dariusz M. Brycko ist Research Fellow am Center for Christian Thought der BIOLA Universität in Biola, La Mirada, CA, USA
  Jordan J. Ballor
Covenant, Casuality and Law
A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012, 304 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55036-6

79,99 EUR
Vol 3:
Wolfgang Musculus as a significant figure worthy of further consideration.
Jordan J. Ballor takes its point of departure in the doctrine of the covenant as it appears in the theology of the prominent second-generation reformer, Wolfgang Musculus (1497–1563), who is perhaps the earliest Reformed theologian to give the topic of the covenant a separate and distinct treatment in a collection of theological commonplaces. Musculus’ covenantal teaching is characterized by an important distinction between general and special covenants and is rooted in his exegetical work on the book of Genesis. Where Musculus’ Loci communes evidence an anti-speculative, soteriologically-focused, and pastorally-driven approach, his exegesis is intended to provide fulsome guidance in the study of Scripture. This examination of Musculus’ views on covenant and related doctrines is followed by thematically-related explorations of questions of causality and metaphysics, concluding with considerations related to law and social order. By focusing on Musculus’ theology as found both in his Loci communes, as well as in his extensive and voluminous exegetical work, and in comparison and dialogue with a host of antecedent and contemporary figures, this book is the first full-scale study to place Musculus’ theology within its broader intellectual context. Musculus’ positions with respect to doctrines connected to covenant, causality, and law embodies the eclecticism of Reformed reception of medieval traditions, and the final section of this study places Musculus within the later development of Reformed orthodoxy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, finding that Wolfgang Musculus is a significant and often-overlooked figure worthy of further consideration.
  Joar Haga
Was there a Lutheran Metaphysics?
The interpretation of communicatio idiomatum in Early Modern Lutheranism
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012, 304 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55037-3

84,99 EUR
Vol 2:
Two natures of Christ and the difference between philosophy and theology.
Joar Haga traces the Lutheran doctrine of communicatio idiomatum, the exchange of properties between the natures of Christ, as it developed in some important controversies of the 16th and the early 17th Century. Regarding it as the nerve of his soteriology, Luther stressed the intimacy of the two natures in Christ to such a degree that it threatened to end the peaceful relationship between theology and philosophy. At the same time as the Wittenberg reformers broke with certain strains of their philosophical heritage, they would insist that the continuation of Christ’s bodily presence was a reality in sacrament and nature (!), irreducible to a sign or to a memory. On the other hand, they did not want to be ignorant of the claims of reason. By rejecting the classic framework for a peaceful coexistence of philosophy and theology on the one hand, and insisting on Christ’s bodily reality on the other, the quest for a new concept of how philosophy and theology related was implicitly stated.
Earlier research identified two traditions of Lutheran Christology: One train of thought follows Luther in emphasising the difference between philosophy and theology. This can be seen in the Tübingen solutions where Johannes Brenz and Theodor Thumm are the most interesting thinkers. Another train of thought can be found in the conservative pupils of Melanchthon, where Martin Chemnitz and Balthasar Mentzer are the most prominent theologians. This research does not merely group the thinkers within the confines of a tradition, but underlines their individual contributions to an open-ended history.
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Benjamin T. G. Mayes
Counsel and Conscience
Lutheran Casuistry and Moral Reasoning after the Reformation
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 211, 250 Seiten, Gebunden,
978-3-525-55027-4

74,99 EUR
Vol 1:
In Lutheran Germany of the post-Reformation era (ca. 1580–1750), a genre of pastoral, ethical writings arose that consisted in casuistry and in topically or thematically related theological counsels. In this first volume of the new Refo500 series Mayes shows that this casuistry literature was intended to instruct and comfort the consciences of Christians. Lutheran casuistry, related to but also distinct from Roman Catholic and Reformed counterparts, arose especially as pastors looked within Holy Scripture, the medieval tradition, and the writings of Martin Luther and other Lutheran authorities for answers to ethical problems and doctrinal disputes, and then catalogued their findings. As an extensive example from this genre Mayes examines the Thesaurus Consiliorum Et Decisionum, published in 1671 by Georg Dedekenn and Johann Ernst Gerhard. This Thesaurus was an anthology of wise advice from Lutheran theologians and jurists, published to encourage readers to avoid individualistic ethical choices and instead to engage in an “aristocratic” process of moral decision making in which one would consult the wise men of the past and present. The counsels included in the Thesaurus address inter-confessional disputes, intra-Lutheran disputes, sacraments, church government, pastoral ministry, social ethics, marriage, sexual ethics, and many other topics. The topics of divorce and remarriage, especially, show the different ways in which Lutherans reasoned about moral matters. The author shows that in the Thesaurus the Lutheran casuistry literature, which has been overlooked in most scholarship of the 20th and 21st centuries, was in bloom. It arose to meet the needs of people who had doubts, and it continued to instruct and console Christian consciences for many generations.
 

 

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