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The People's Book: The Reformation and the Bible

The People's Book: The Reformation and the Bible

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Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses caught Europe by storm and initiated the Reformation, which fundamentally transformed both the church and society. Yet by Luther's own estimation, his translation of the Bible into German was his crowning achievement. The Bible played an absolutely vital role in the lives, theology, and practice of the Protestant Reformers. In addition, the proliferation and diffusion of vernacular Bibles--grounded in the original languages, enabled by advancements in printing, and lauded by the theological principles of sola Scriptura and the priesthood of all believers--contributed to an ever-widening circle of Bible readers and listeners among the people they served. This collection of essays from the 2016 Wheaton Theology Conference--the 25th anniversary of the conference--brings together the reflections of church historians and theologians on the nature of the Bible as the people's book. With care and insight, they explore the complex role of the Bible in the Reformation by considering matters of access, readership, and authority, as well as the Bible's place in the worship context, issues of theological interpretation, and the role of Scripture in creating both division and unity within Christianity. On the 500th anniversary of this significant event in the life of the church, these essays point not only to the crucial role of the Bible during the Reformation era but also its ongoing importance as the people's book today.

Author: Jennifer Powell McNutt
Publisher: IVP Academic
Published: 04/11/2017
Pages: 250
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.90h x 6.00w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780830851638

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 03/06/2017
Choice 11/01/2017

About the Author
McNutt, Jennifer Powell: -

Jennifer Powell McNutt (PhD, St Andrews) is associate professor of theology and history of Christianity at Wheaton College, where she coordinates the MA in history of Christianity degree program. She is the author of Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva in the Age of Enlightenment, 1685-1798, the editor of 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, and the coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of the Bible and the Reformation.

Lauber, David: -

David Lauber (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is associate professor of theology at Wheaton College. He is the author of Barth on the Descent into Hell and the coeditor of several volumes, including Theology Questions Everyone Asks, Trinitarian Theology for the Church and The Bloomsbury Companion to the Doctrine of Sin.

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