From ISD and V&R

ISD is offering seven substantial volumes from Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht that belong on the bookshelves of every theologian, biblical and religious scholar, researcher, or student.

Law and Religion: The Legal Teachings of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations

edited by Wim Decock et al


Focuses on the approaches to the relationship

between Church(es) and State(s) in the early

modern period. 


ISBN: 978-3-525-55074-8; Hardback

Series: Refo500 Academic Studies (R5AS), 20

Publication Date: May 2014

Price: $170

Offer Price: $136


(In)Visibility: Reflections upon Visibility and Transcendence in Theology, Philosophy and the Arts

edited by Anna Vind et al


This volume focuses on the following key themes:

-Modes of appearing or hiding of phenomena       

-Fundamental understanding and use of language

-The idea of vicarious representation      


ISBN: 978-3-525-55071-7; Hardback

Series: Refo500 Academic Studies (R5AS), 18

Publication Date: July 2014

Price: $201

Offer Price: $161


Philip Melanchthon and the Cappadocians: A Reception of Greek Patristic Sources in the Sixteenth Century

by H. Ashley Hall


Looks at Melanchton “at work” with his sources.


ISBN: 978-3-525-55067-0; Hardback

Series: Refo500 Academic Studies (R5AS), 16

Publication Date: March 2014

Price: $116

Offer Price: $93


A Heavenly Directory: Trinitarian Piety, Public Worship and a Reassessment of John Owen’s Theology

by Ryan M. McGraw


An examination of John Owen’s Practical Trinitarian Theology.


ISBN: 978-3-525-55075-5; Hardback

Series: Reformed Historical Theology, 29

Publication  Date: May 2014

Price: $116

Offer Price: $108


Britain and the Bestandstwisten: The Causes, Course and Consequences of British Involvement in the Dutch Religious and Political Disputes of the Early Seventeenth Century

by Eric Platt


Looks at Dutch and British disputes about predestination in the early 17th century.


ISBN: 978-3-525-55077-9; Hardback

Series: Reformed Historical Theology, 28

Publication Date: June 2014

Price: $120

Offer Price: $96


Johannes Bugenhagen: Werke Reformatorische Schriften (1515/16-1524)

by Anneliese Bieber-Wallmann


This edition documents for the first time the literary contribution Johannes Bugenhagen made in preparing the birth of the Reformation.


ISBN: 978-3-525-55441-8; Hardback

Publication Date: October 2013

Price: $347

Offer Price: $278


Der Majoristische Streit (1552-1570): (The Majoristic Controversy 1552-1570)

by Irene Dingel


Are good works necessary for salvation, or, on the contrary, even detrimental to salvation? How important is deliberate ethical action for the Christian life? Over such questions the so-called Majoristic Controversy evolved (1552-1570), which caused some unanticipated confrontations on the field of scholarly disputes among the followers of Luther and Melanchton in the second half of the sixteenth century.


ISBN: 978-3-525-56016-7; Hardback

Series: Controversia et Confessio, 3

Publication Date: May 2014

Price: $120

Offer Price: $96


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Today With Zwingli: Election to the Rectorate

On April 14, 1525, Zwingli was chosen rector of the Carolinum, the Great Minster school; consequently he moved into the official residence of the rector, and lived there until death.4 He used his new position to improve the schools and took part himself in the biblical instruction, which he had made part of the curriculum. That he was still fond of humanistic studies and had not forgotten his Greek amid all his absorbing labours, he demonstrated by issuing on February 24, 1526, in Basel, an edition of the poems of Pindar.*

The gallery below are 1) photos of Zwingli’s home by your’s truly upon my last visit.  And 2) some excellent computer generated images of what various bits of Zurich looked like in Zwingli’s day.

*Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (pp. 269–270).

Fun Facts From Church History: Calvin and His Fevers

calvin42[Calvin]  was subject to frequent and severe attacks of fever: they sometimes came upon him while in the pulpit; and he once wrote to a friend, saying that it was only with great trouble, and by sitting down, that he could get through his sermon. But he had a heavier trial to bear: the wife of his brother Anton disgraced the family by her infidelity. Farel observes on this, that it was good for Calvin to encounter these humbling circumstances, “lest his mind might be too exalted by the greatness of the revelations vouchsafed him.”*

Calvin had to sit down when he preached. When I preach, I’m even more effective in sickening the congregation because I make them lie down, bent over with fits of retching and projectile vomiting.  Calvin suffered fevers- I induce them.  Which is more miraculous?  So, take that, John!
*The Life and Times of John Calvin, the Great Reformer (Vol. 2, p. 318).

Fun Facts From Church History: The Pig Eating Priests of Basel

zwingli_elected_zurichIn 1522

On April 27th a friend informed Zwingli that some priests at Basel ate a sucking pig on Palm Sunday. The incident made quite a stir…*

As big a stir, it seems, as the sausage incident of Zurich.  Happy Palm Sunday, all those among you who are free from superstitious and unscriptural food laws…

*S. Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531).

Opera Melanchthonis

melanchA new project has commenced which will be extremely important for students of the Reformation in general and students of the theology of Philip Melanchthon in particular:  Opera Melanchthonis.

Ever since 1897 a critical edition of the works of Philipp Melanchthon was planned, but it is not until now that this project will start to be realized through a cooperation of various institutions and scholars within RefoRC, the academic section of Refo500.

The goal of the project is a historical-critical edition of the Opera Philosophica et Theologica of Philipp Melanchthon. His oeuvre consists of a multitude of works on a great variety of topics which have been of enormous and lasting influence on church, university and society through the ages. Now after two years of intense preparation and discussion on editorial and bibliographical issues, a critical edition of Melanchthon is ready to start and will be published by De Gruyter.

This is going to be significant.  I’m in.

Today With Zwingli: The Abolition of the Mass

zwingli453S. Jackson reports

One more step remained to be taken and the church in Zurich would be completely emancipated from the Old Church, and that was to abolish entirely the mass. Cautiously, but without retrogression, Zwingli had for years steadily moved towards this goal. In 1524 he had won from the Council permission for the priests to dispense the bread and wine under both forms if they would. This, however, still maintained the connection with the old forms.

Judging that the time had come, and knowing that the friends of the ecclesiastical overturning were in decided majority in the Council of the Two Hundred, Zwingli and several other leaders appeared before the Council on Tuesday, April 11, 1525,—Tuesday of Holy Week,—and demanded the abolition of the mass and the substitution therefor of the Lord’s Supper as described by the evangelists and the Apostle Paul.

Opposition being made to the proposition, the Council delegated its debate with Zwingli to four of themselves, and their report being on Zwingli’s side, the Council ordered that the mass be abolished forthwith.

Consequently, on Thursday, April 13, 1525, the first evangelical communion service took place in the Great Minster, and according to Zwingli’s carefully thought out arrangement, which he had published April 6th.

A table covered with a clean linen cloth was set between the choir and the nave in the Great Minster. Upon it were the bread upon wooden platters and the wine in wooden beakers. The men and the women in the congregation were upon opposite sides of the middle aisle. Zwingli preached a sermon and offered prayer. The deacon read Paul’s account of the institution of the sacrament in 1 Cor., 11:20 sqq. Then Zwingli and his assistants and the congregation performed a liturgy, entirely without musical accompaniment in singing, but translated into the Swiss dialect from the Latin mass service, with the introduction of appropriate Scripture and the entire elimination of the transubstantiation teaching.

The elements were passed by the deacons through the congregation. This Eucharist service was repeated upon the two following days.*

On that remarkable day the Church returned, at least in Zurich, to its earliest practice – a practice long corrupted by the magical views of the supporters of the false doctrine of transsubstantiation.
*S. Jackson, (pp. 228–230).

Big News For Church Historians: CSEL is now on GitHub!

cselFrom the folk at Leipzig-

We’re really proud to announce that EpiDoc XML versions of all 99 volumes of the monumental Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum (CSEL) are now being added to the Open Greek and Latin Project‘s GitHub repository! The Latin text was OCR-ed, corrected (at 99% accuracy) and encoded according to our specifications by French Data Entry company Jouve. CSEL is the first in a line of texts Jouve is currently helping us digitise. Each XML file is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License and contains a link to the scan it was taken from.

While rare, the Latin text still contains some mistakes and typos. Similarly, our basic CTS-compliant EpiDoc markup is waiting to be further annotated. So you -yes,  YOU- come and help us out already! Feel free to pull, push and share this work with friends and colleagues. The more, the merrier!