Girolamo Zanchi, De religione Christiana fidesConfession of Christian Religion (2 vols.)

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Forced to leave Italy because of his Protestant views, Girolamo Zanchi (1516-1590) became a respected Reformed theologian abroad and helped to shape the emerging ‘Reformed Orthodoxy’. Zanchi’s work on a common confession of faith for the Reformed churches placed him at the heart of the international Reformed community. Although that project was never brought to fruition, the result of Zanchi’s efforts was De religione christiana fides, a critical edition of which is published here, alongside a 16th-century English translation of the work. De religione christiana fides serves as a compendium of Zanchi’s mature theology and reflects the development of Reformed dogmatics and polemic more generally in the late 16th century. It therefore provides an interesting picture of the theology of a whole era.
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Biographical Note

Luca Baschera, lic. phil. (2002), is a member of staff of the Institut für Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte at Zurich University. He works primarily on the relationship between Renaissance philosophy and Protestant theology.
Christian Moser, lic. phil. (2003), is an editor of Heinrich Bullinger’s correspondence and a member of staff of the Institut für Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte at Zurich University. His research is focused on the history of historiography and on early modern exegesis.

Review Quotes

“[The editors] have presented the Confession of a great sixteenth century theologian, in a way that demands our respect. A rare work of Zanchi is available now for further research of his theology, and thus of Reformed orthodoxy at the time, on its way to its early seventeenth-century shape.”
W. van ’t Spijker, Theological University Apeldoorn. In: Church History and Religious Culture, Vol. 92, Nos. 2-3 (2012), pp. 377-379.

‘’Diese ausgezeichnete und auch ansprechend gestaltete Ausgabe einer wichtigen und einflussreichen Quelle der Frühorthodoxie setzt einen hohen Standard für weitere Quelleneditionen und sollte […] in keiner gut sortierten theologischen Bibliothek fehlen.’’
Andreas J. Beck, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit Leuven. In: Zwingliana, 38, 2011, pp. 248-9.

Table of contents

PART ONE. INTRODUCTION
1. Girolamo Zanchi: The itinerary of an Italian Reformer
2. The genesis of De religione christiana fides
3. Structure and content
4. Descriptions of editions
5. Editorial principles

PART TWO. GIROLAMO ZANCHI: DE RELIGIONE CHRISTIANA FIDESCONFESSION OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION
- Epistola ad Ulyssem Martinengum – Letter to Ulysses Martinengus
- Ad lectorem
- De religione christiana fides: main text – Confession of Christian religion: main text
- Observationes – Observations
- Appendix ad caput XI. – Upon the eleventh chapter of Christ the redeemer
- Theses – Points

Bibliography
1. Sources
2. Encyclopedias, Bibliographies, Series, Collected Works
3. Literature

Indices
1. Table of Contents
2. Index of biblical references
3. Index of authors and works
4. Index of names and places

Readership

The work is aimed at readers with an interest in Reformed theology, post-Reformation dogmatics and polemic, as well as church history and intellectual history more generally.

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