:Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses caught Europe by storm and initiated the Reformation, which fundamentally transformed both the church and society. Yet by Luther's own estimation, his translation of the Bible into German was his crowning achievement....
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:Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses caught Europe by storm and initiated the Reformation, which fundamentally transformed both the church and society. Yet by Luther's own estimation, his translation of the Bible into German was his crowning achievement. The Bible played an absolutely vital role in the lives, theology, and practice of the Protestant Reformers. In addition, the proliferation and diffusion of vernacular Bibles-grounded in the original languages, enabled by advancements in printing, and lauded by the theological principles of sola Scriptura and the priesthood of all believers-contributed to an ever-widening circle of Bible readers and listeners among the people they served. This collection of essays from the 2016 Wheaton Theology Conference-the 25th anniversary of the conference-brings together the reflections of church historians and theologians on the nature of the Bible as "the people's book." With care and insight, they explore the complex role of the Bible in the Reformation by considering matters of access, readership, and authority, as well as the Bible's place in the worship context, issues of theological interpretation, and the role of Scripture in creating both division and unity within Christianity. On the 500th anniversary of this significant event in the life of the church, these essays point not only to the crucial role of the Bible during the Reformation era but also its ongoing importance as "the people's book" today.
Jennifer Powell McNutt (PhD, St Andrews) is associate professor of theology and history of Christianity at Wheaton College, where she coordinates the MA in history of Christianity degree program. She is the author of Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva in the Age of Enlightenment, 1685-1798, the editor of 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, and the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Bible and the Reformation.
David Lauber (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is associate professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is author of Barth on the Descent into Hell: God, Atonement and the Christian Life.
- :introduction: "that Most Precious Jewel"
- <em>jennifer Powell Mcnutt And David Lauber</em>
- <strong>part I: Access And Readership</strong>
- 1. Teaching The Church: Protestant Latin Bibles And Their Readers
- <em>bruce Gordon</em>
- 2. Scripture, The Priesthood Of All Believers, And Applications Of 1 Corinthians 14
- <em>g. Sujin Pak</em>
- 3. Learning To Read Scripture For Ourselves: The Guidance Of Erasmus, Luther, And Calvin
- <em>randall Zachman</em>
- 4. The Reformation And Vernacular Culture: Wales As A Case Study
- <em>d. Densil Morgan</em>
- <strong>part Ii: Transmission And Worship</strong>
- 5. The Reformation As Media Event
- <em>read Mercer Schuchardt</em>
- 6. The Interplay Of Catechesis And Liturgy In The Sixteenth Century: Examples From The Lutheran And Reformed Traditions
- <em>john D. Witvliet</em>
- 7. Word And Sacrament: The Gordian Knot Of Reformation Worship
- <em>jennifer Powell Mcnutt</em>
- <strong>part Iii: Protestant-catholic Dialogue</strong>
- 8. John Calvin On The Council Of Trent
- <em>michael Horton</em>
- 9. The Bible And The Italian Reformation
- <em>christopher Castaldo</em>
- 10. Reading The Reformers After Newman
- <em>carl Trueman</em>
- <strong>part Iv: The People’s Book Yesterday And Today</strong>
- 11. From The Spirit To Sovereign To Sapiential Reason: A Brief History Of Sola Scriptura
- <em>paul C. H. Lim</em>
- 12. Perspicacity And The People’s Book
- <em>mark Labberton</em>
- List Of Contributors