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In: A Companion to Ignatius of Loyola
In: A Companion to Ignatius of Loyola
In: A Companion to Paul in the Reformation
Juan de Ávila (1499-1569) was one of the most significant exponents of Spanish Golden Age spirituality. His work throughout Andalusia gave rise to the school of Avilista spirituality, a spirituality adopted by both lay men and women as well as secular and regular members of the clergy who were inspired by his stress on moral and spiritual formation and were bound together by the observance of a rigorous program of spiritual discipline. Scholars have increasingly identified him as the author of a distinctively judeoconverso spirituality. Currently, however, there are no comprehensive studies of his spirituality that seriously take into account his judeoconverso background. The present work seeks to analyze his ascetic spirituality and place it against its proper early-modern Spanish context.


This article examines the interplay between text and paratext in the 1569 Spanish Bible (T. Guarinus: Basel). It specifically discusses how paratextual commentary can be drawn upon in order to account for the decisions made by Casiodoro de Reina in his translation of Rom. 3,28. The study draws on the works of Francis Higman and Gérard Genette and their respective proposals regarding the function of the paratext. While the rendering Casiodoro de Reina provides of Rom. 3,28 appears at first glance to reflect an antinomian theology, study of the paratext quickly reveals an elevated and nuanced view of the law. Study of the paratext also allows us to conclude that both Reina's rendering of Rom. 3,28 and his paratextual commentary are strong indicators of his own intellectual gravitation towards Reformed theology, contrary to existing scholarship that suggests Reina's identification with spiritualist tendencies of the sixteenth century.

In: Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis / Dutch Review of Church History
In: A Companion to Jesuit Mysticism