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Reading Scripture with the Reformers

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This book shows how the key figures of the Reformation read and interpreted Scripture, and how their thought was shaped by what they read. We are invited to see what the church today can learn from the fathers of the Reformation, and how these figures offer a model of reading, praying and living out the Scriptures.
Paperback, 268 pages
Published by IVP Academic (first published October 2011)
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Justin Lonas
May 14, 2012 Justin Lonas rated it really liked it
In the American individualist mindset, it is easy for us to approach the Scriptures as a tabula rasa, thinking that an open Bible and an open heart is all we need to understand God fully. While this idea flows from the Reformation principle of the priesthood of the believer, it is incomplete and can be dangerous because it downplays the impact of culture on our interpretation of biblical truths. Even the reformers themselves knew that the Church, while not authoritative, was vital as a guide to ...more
Matt Moran
Oct 11, 2013 Matt Moran rated it really liked it
Wonderful book.

This is a small Reformation history with biographical sketches of some of the main players - Luther, Calvin, Zwingli. Specifically, it focuses on the Scripture itself as the force behind the Reformation.

The opening chapter on the Reformers relationship with the Bible and the closing chapter on the Reformed emphasis on preaching are particularly good.

"From the reformers we learn that the true purpose of biblical scholarship is not to show how relevant the Bible is to the modern wor
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John
Oct 03, 2011 John rated it really liked it
Such a wonderful book. A fascinating look at the Reformers and their Bible. This is monumental task that George has accomplished. Full of historical insights from the emergence of the printing press, the affect of Erasmus and the rise of the humanities, how the early church fathers and tradition influenced the reformers, and fire-blazing life of Luther. Full of juicy quotes and antidotes.

I highly recommend the book, even if it's an era and topic that you're familiar with. George helps us put to
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David Rollins
Dec 08, 2014 David Rollins rated it really liked it
This a a good discussion of the changes in the reading of scripture during the Reformation. The author does an excellent job of detailing all the actors and influences that changed the way the scripture was read after the Reformation. The author is writing for an audience though that is familiar with the details of the history of the Reformation and the literature both before and after, so he assumes quite a bit of knowledge, which will make the book less likely to be of help to the average Chri ...more
Nate Claiborne
I found this book to very helpful for historical study. While it wasn’t quite what I expected when I requested it, George does such a good job weaving together historical narrative that I didn’t mind. For someone looking for an accessible introduction to the 16th century world that focuses on how that world shaped the transmission of the Bible into the common man’s possession, this is it. Likewise, if you want a good snapshot of Martin Luther’s understanding of Scripture and how that affected hi ...more
T.C. Robinson
Apr 10, 2013 T.C. Robinson rated it really liked it
An Overview

Reading Scripture flows quite well. The writing style is neither dry or dull but quite lively, something of a page turner, if you will.

Reading Scripture is part of the story of how the Bible came to have a central role in the 16th century movement for religious reform that we now call the Protestant Reformation. For example, by the time of Luther’s death in 1546, it is estimated that half a million copies of the Bible were in circulation.

Chapter 1: Why Read the Reformers? This is some
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Craig Hurst
Aug 31, 2012 Craig Hurst rated it really liked it
If there is one thing that could be said to be true across many divides is a timeless desire for renewal to something foundational within a people, group or ideology. Renewal to basic foundations and principles often times creates revival among the participants and results in the spread of the message. This is true for Christianity. Often times the thread of renewal that runs throughout Christian revival (not just evangelistic revival) is a return to sacred Scripture.

This renewed focus on Script
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Tim
Jun 05, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing
Though of a manageable size, Reading Scripture with the Reformers contains innumerable helpful insights. For example, the revered Reformers, unlike most modern evangelicals, valued the writings of early church Fathers and various medieval thinkers in seeking to understand Scripture better. John Calvin, writing many years before the “life of the mind” became a popular concept, noted the value of Scripture to combat the idol-producing tendencies of human thinking. Readers also learn that Luther st ...more
Todd Miles
Oct 16, 2011 Todd Miles rated it really liked it
Shelves: church-history
This was an engaging book from cover to cover. George chronicles the early stages of the reformation focusing on the role of Scripture and preaching. Luther takes center-stage, but there is also significant attention given to Bucer and Zwingli, among others. My only complaint (and this is relatively small) is that I would have loved more detail on Calvin. He concludes the book, but his role is relatively small, but tantalizing. It left me wishing for more. Great book, written in an enjoyably eas ...more
Tom
A good book. Helpful to see the primacy of the word during the beginning of the Reformation.
Bradford
Jan 12, 2016 Bradford rated it really liked it
A helpful overview and guide to "pre-critical" Bible reading.
Robert Fonseca
Feb 28, 2015 Robert Fonseca rated it it was amazing
Excellent book that takes you on a historical journey of the development of the Protestant Movement- from Erasmus to Calvin. The author gives you glimpses into the struggles of translating the bible into the vernacular of the people. He also helps you to understand and feel the struggles these men had within themselves, with the established church and with each other as they tried to faithfully teach, preach and translate the Word of God. This book gave me a deeper appreciation for the bible I n ...more
Paul
Nov 01, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
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Timothy George is Dean at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also editor, together with his wife Denise, of the Library of Baptist Classics series. He previously was an associate professor of church history and historical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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