The reception and interpretation of the writings of St Paul in the early modern period forms the subject of this volume, from late medieval Paulinism and the beginnings of humanist biblical scholarship and interpretation, through the ways that theologians of various confessions considered Paul. Beyond the ways that theological voices construed Paul, several articles examine how Pauline texts impacted other areas of early modern life, such as political thought, the regulation of family life, and the care of the poor. Throughout, the volume makes clear the importance of Paul for all of the confessions, and denies the confessionalism of previous historiography. The chapters, written by experts in the field, offer a critical overview of current research, and introduce the major themes in Pauline interpretation in the Reformation and how they are being interpreted at the start of the 21st century.
Honorable Mention Roland H. Bainton Book Prize 2010; Category Reference Works.
R. Ward Holder, Ph.D. (1998) in Theology, Boston College, is Associate Professor of Theology at Saint Anselm College. He has published on Calvin and exegesis including articles in
The Cambridge Companion to Calvin (Cambridge, 2004), and Calvin Studies Society Papers. His most recent books are
John Calvin and the Grounding of Interpretation: Calvin's First Commentaries (Leiden, 2006), and
Crisis and Renewal: The Era of the Reformations (Louisville, 2009).
“This is a tome that specialists in Pauline studies, the history of biblical interpretation and theology, and Renaissance and Reformation history will want to consult carefully and often”.
John A. Maxfield, Concordia University College of Alberta. In:
Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 42, No. 3 (2011), pp. 817-819.
"A feast for historians of biblical interpretation."
Bernhard Lang, Universität Paderborn. In:
International Review of Biblical Studies, Vol. 57 (2009-2010), entry no. 1965 (p. 449).
"The erudition, breadth, and insight animating this collection make it an eminent addition to ministerial and academic libraries."
Mark S. Letourneau, Weber State University. In:
Anglican and Episcopal History, June 2011, pp. 218-219.
Table of contents
1. Introduction. Paul in the Sixteenth Century: Invitation and Challenge – R. Ward Holder
PAUL IN THE MEDIEVAL TRADITION
2. Paul and the Late Middle Ages – Karlfried Froehlich
PAUL AND THE HUMANISTS
3. Desiderius Erasmus’ Representation of Paul as Paragon of Learned Piety – Riemer Faber
4. Jacques Lefèvre d’Etaples: A Humanist or Reformist View of Paul and His Theology? – Irena Backus
PAUL AND LUTHERAN THEOLOGIANS
5. Martin Luther’s Reception of Paul – Mickey Mattox
6. The Rhetorical Paul: Philip Melanchthon’s Interpretation of the Pauline Epistles – Timothy Wengert
7. Brenz and Paul – Hermann Ehmer
8. God’s Select Vessel and Chosen Instrument: The Interpretation of Paul in Late Reformation Lutheran Theologians – Robert Kolb
PAUL AND ANABAPTIST THEOLOGIANS
9. Paul in Early Anabaptism – R. Emmet McLaughlin
PAUL AND REFORMED THEOLOGIANS
10. Bullinger and Paul – Peter Opitz
11. Calvin’s Reception of Paul – Barbara Pitkin
12. The Reception of Paul in Heidelberg: The Pauline Commentaries of Caspar Olevianus – R. Scott Clark
PAUL AND ROMAN THEOLOGIANS
13. Johann von Staupitz under Pauline Inspiration – Jared Wicks, S.J.
14. Cajetan on Paul – Michael O’Connor
15. “Augustinus sanior interpres Apostoli.” Thomas Stapleton and the Louvain Augustinian School’s Reception of Paul – Wim François
PAUL AND SPANISH EVANGELICALISM
16. Antonio Del Corro and Paul as the Herald of the Gospel of Universal Redemption – Rady Roldan-Figueroa
17. Versions of Paul – Vivienne Westbrook
18. Honor and Subjection in the Lord: Paul and the Family in the Reformation – Karen Spierling
19. Rules Proved by Exceptions: The Exegesis of Paul and Women in the Sixteenth Century – John L. Thompson
20. Paul and the Care of the Poor during the Sixteenth Century: A Case Study – Kurt Hendel
21. Robbing Paul to Pay Peter: The Reception of Paul in Sixteenth Century Political Theology – David Whitford
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