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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
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.
Publication History and Catholic Missions in the Spanish World (Spain, New Spain, and the Philippines, 1597–1700)
In The Martyrs of Japan, Rady Roldán-Figueroa examines the role that Catholic missionary orders played in the dissemination of accounts of Christian martyrdom in Japan. The work combines several historiographical approaches, including publication history, history of missions, and “new” institutional history. The author offers an overarching portrayal of the writing, printing, and circulation of books of ‘Japano-martyrology.’
The book is organized into two parts. The first part, “Spirituality of Writing, Publication History, and Japano-martyrology,” addresses topics ranging from the historical background of Christianity in Japan to the publishers of Japano-martyrology. The second part, “Jesuits, Discalced Franciscans, and the Production of Japano-martyrology in the Early Modern Spanish World,” features closer analysis of selected works of Japano-martyrology by Jesuit and Discalced Franciscan writers.
In: A Companion to Jesuit Mysticism
In: A Companion to Ignatius of Loyola
In: A Companion to Paul in the Reformation


The article argues that Baptists, General and Particular, linked the practice of immersion or dipping with a lay and anti-clerical conception of Christian ministry. Moreover, it claims that Baptist leaders who were involved in the introduction of dipping saw the practice as a sign of lay supremacy. The argument traces the Baptist laical and anti-clerical conception of Christian ministry by examining relevant texts by Baptists leaders such as Thomas Helwys (1556–1616), John Murton (1585–c. 1626), and Edmund Chillenden (fl. 1631–1678). Drawing on Rosemary O’Day’s “professionalization thesis,” the contention is made that Particular Baptists moved away from the strong anti-clericalism of the movement in the direction of the adoption of professional standards of ministry. Moreover, the article examines the strong correlation between the themes of laical authority and dipping in tracts that were published between 1641 and 1645 by Edward Barber (d. 1663), A.R. (fl. 1642), Benjamin Cox (1595–1663?), Hanserd Knollys (1598–1691), and William Kiffin (1616–1701).

In: Church History and Religious Culture
In: Bartolomé de las Casas, O.P.