Archive for the ‘Bullinger’ Category
I mentioned these volumes back in the beginning of the Summer and I’ve finally made my way through them and had a bit of time to reflect on their significance. If you go here and click the ‘Chapters’ tab you’ll have displayed the complete Table of Contents.
Die Studie untersucht anhand gedruckter und ungedruckter Werke und Materialien das historiographische Schaffen des Zürcher Reformators Heinrich Bullinger. Im Vordergrund steht die in den 1560er-Jahren entstandene handschriftliche »Reformationsgeschichte« des Zürcher Antistes, deren Entstehung, Quellengrundlage und Quellenverarbeitung im Kontext der geschichtstheologischen Voraussetzungen und methodologischen Ansprüchen, unter denen sich Bullingers historiographisches Schaffen vollzog, untersucht und vor dem Hintergrund der humanistischen und konfessionellen Geschichtsschreibung der Frühen Neuzeit historiographiegeschichtlich eingeordnet wird. Einen weiteren Aspekt bildet die Überlieferungs- und Rezeptionsgeschichte dieses für die spätere Reformationsgeschichtsschreibung fundamentalen Werkes. Neben dieser Analyse werden zahlreiche bislang unveröffentlichte Arbeitsmaterialien Bullingers historisch-kritisch ediert und detaillierte Beschreibungen der überlieferten Abschriften vorgelegt
I realize that the books are expensive. But they are so very foundational for a good understanding of the history of the Reformation that they are seriously indispensable for any research library or researcher. Primary sources are gloriously important and these volumes assemble them into one useful place. These two books are the book(s) of the week.
Oswald Myconius wrote
“Doch am letzten Sonntage hat Bullinger eine solche Predigt herunter gedonnert, daß es Vielen vorkam, Zwingli sei nicht todt, sondern er sei gleich dem Phönix wieder erstanden.”*
*From D. Timmerman’s amazing dissertation on Heinrich Bullinger titled Heinrich Bullinger and the Prophetic Office which I am presently reading and which I hope will very soon be published as a monograph.
We know that the sabbath is ceremonial, so far forth as it is joined to sacrifices and other Jewish ceremonies, and so far forth as it is tied to a certain time: but in respect that on the sabbath-day religion and true godliness are exercised and published, that a just and seemly order is kept in the church, and that the love of our neighbour is thereby preserved, therein, I say, it is perpetual, and not ceremonial.
Even at this day, verily, we must ease and bear with our family; and even at this day we must instruct our family in the true religion and fear of God. Christ our Lord did no where scatter abroad the holy congregations, but did, as much as he could, gather them together.
Now, as there ought to be an appointed place, so likewise must there be a prescribed time, for the outward exercise of religion, and so, consequently, an holy rest. They of the primitive church, therefore, did change the sabbath-day, lest, peradventure, they should have seemed to have imitated the Jews, and still to have retained their order and ceremonies; and made their assemblies and holy restings to be on the first day of sabbaths, which John calleth Sunday, or the Lord’s day, because of the Lord’s glorious resurrection upon that day.
And although we do not in any part of the apostles’ writings find any mention made that this Sunday was commanded us to be kept holy; yet, for because, in this fourth precept of the first table, we are commanded to have a care of religion and the exercising of outward godliness, it would be against all godliness and christian charity, if we should deny to sanctify the Sunday: especially, since the outward worship of God cannot consist without an appointed time and space of holy rest.*
*The Decades of Henry Bullinger: The First and Second Decades, (pp. 259–260).
Daniel Timmerman has graciously sent along Luca Baschera’s two volumes of Bullinger’s New Testament commentaries- on Rom, 1 Cor, 2 Cor, Gal, Eph, Phil, and Col. So I want to thank him publicly for the kindness. And Luca Baschera as well for his astonishing work. And TVZ for publishing things that most other publishers would deem unworthy because not destined to become New York Times best seller stuff.
TVZ publishes scholarship, and primary sources, and excellence and that’s why I love them so.
On “Monday after Dionysius’ Day,” i. e., on October 10, 1530, the Landgrave wrote urging him to hasten his admittance into the Christian Burgher Rights, and informing him that he had heard that the Gospel was making great headway in England, and that it would help the truth if some pious and learned man could be sent there to report.*
It wouldn’t, however, fall to Zwingli to see to it. In exactly one year and one day he would be murdered by the Papists at Kappel. Instead, his successor Heinrich Bullinger would develop the most expansive ‘network’ of friends of any of the Reformers and those contacts in England would keep him thoroughly advised and even send English clerics to Zurich for their education.
*Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (p. 334).
Before- the very letters of Bullinger himself-
After- the very letters of Bullinger himself transcribed and annotated and brilliantly edited-
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Get your own copy from TVZ here. This volume is the most recent to appear in the extremely useful series.