Dutch Review of Church History, Volume 85: The Formation of Clerical and Confessional Identities in Early Modern Europe


Editors: Wim Janse and Barbara Pitkin
The 24 essays in this volume explore the formation of clerical and confessional identities in early modern Europe from three angles. The first part of the book focuses on education and theological training, the second on the interpretation of Scripture and preaching, and the third on the construction of clerical and communal expectations and self understandings. The interdisciplinary discussion intersects with the confessionalization debate and proceeds from comparative perspectives, confessionally, geographically, and dimensionally, local and (inter)national. What is especially innovative is the rich portrait of the complexities of identities and the sources used to determine them. An extensive introduction offers a detailed, systematic overview and lays the foundation for discussions of the volume’s refreshing findings. A book review section is annexed.

Contributors include: Raymond A. Blacketer, Wietse de Boer, F.G.M. Broeyer, Robert J. Christman, Kathleen M. Comerford, Stefan Ehrenpreis, Riemer A. Faber, David Fors Freeman, Leendert F. Groenendijk, Wim Janse, Gary W. Jenkins, Karin Maag, Ellen A. Macek, Emily Michelson, Andreas Mühling, Patrick J. O’Banion, G. Sujin Pak, Barbara Pitkin, Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Jason Sager, Robert E. Scully, SJ, Margo Todd, Sven Tode, and Gerrit Voogt.

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Wim Janse, Ph.D. (1994) in Church History, Theological University Apeldoorn, is Extraordinary Professor of the History of the Reformation at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at Leiden University, and Executive Editor of the Dutch Review of Church History and Brill’s Series in Church History. Barbara Pitkin, Ph.D. (1994) in Theology, University of Chicago, is Acting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University.
Introduction Part I. EDUCATION AND THEOLOGICAL TRAINING Humanitas as Discriminating Factor in the Educational Writings of Erasmus and Luther, Riemer A. Faber Reformed Education in Early Modern Europe: A Survey, Stefan Ehrenpreis The Reformed Church and Education during the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic, Leendert F. Groenendijk Anmerkungen zur Theologenausbildung in Herborn, Andreas Mühling Grenzenlos reformiert: Theologie am Bremer Gymnasium Illustre (1528-1812) , Wim Janse Theological Education at the Dutch Universities in the Seventeenth Century: Four Professors on their Ideal of the Curriculum, F.G.M. Broeyer Preaching Practice: Reformed Students’ Sermons, Karin Maag Part II. INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE AND CONFESSIONAL PREACHING The Moribund Moralist: Ethical Lessons in Calvin’s Commentary on Joshua, Raymond A. Blacketer Luther, Bucer, and Calvin on Psalms 8 and 16: Confessional Formation and the Question of Jewish Exegesis, G. Sujin Pak The Spiritual Gospel? Christ and Human Nature in Calvin’s Commentary on John, Barbara Pitkin “Justified Without the Works of the Law”: Casiodoro de Reina on Romans 3,28, Rady Roldán-Figueroa Competing Clerical Efforts to Secure Lay Support in the Flacian Controversy over Original Sin, Robert J. Christman Preaching Calvinism in Lutheran Danzig: Jacob Fabritius on the Pastoral Office, Sven Tode Preaching Scripture under Pressure in Tridentine Italy: A Case Study of Gabriele Fiamma, Emily Michelson François de Sales and Catholic Reform in Seventeenth-Century France, Jason Sager Part III. CONSTRUCTION OF CLERICAL AND COMMUNAL IDENTITIES Trickle Down Spirituality? Dilemmas of the Elizabethan Jesuit Mission, Robert E. Scully Between the Sacraments and Treason: Aspects of the Political Thought of the English Recusants in the First Decade of Elizabeth I’s Reign, Gary W. Jenkins Advice Manuals and the Formation of English Protestant and Catholic Clerical Identities, 1560-1660, Ellen A. Macek “A Priest Who Appears Good”: Manuals of Confession and the Construction of Clerical Identity in Early Modern Spain, Patrick J. O’Banion “The Care of Souls is a Very Grave Burden for [the Pastor]”: Professionalization of Clergy in Early Modern Florence, Lucca, and Arezzo, Kathleen M. Comerford Professionalization and Clerical Identity: Notes on the Early Modern Catholic Priest, Wietse de Boer What’s in a Name? Language, Image, and Urban Identity in Early Modern Perth, Margo Todd “Those Persistent Lutherans”: The Survival of Wesel’s Minority Lutheran Community, 1578-1612, David Fors Freeman “Anyone Who Can Read May Be a Preacher”: Sixteenth-Century Roots of the Collegiants, Gerrit Voogt Index of Names Addresses of Contributors and Editors REVIEW SECTION Book Reviews, Index to the Reviews, Books Received
All those interested in the history of Early Modern Christianity, confessionalization and identity formation, the history of education and theological training, and the history of exegesis, as well as sociologists and theologians.