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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830829490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830829491
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Author, professor, and well-known Reformation church historian, Timothy George, has provided the church with an excellent introduction to Reformation-era principles of biblical interpretation, preaching, and commentary writing. . . . George's volume is especially helpful in analyzing the way in which the Reformers read and interpreted Scripture and why their approach is of continuing benefit to the spiritual life of the contemporary church." (James M. Garretson, The Banner of Truth)

About the Author

George is the founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and senior adviser at Christianity Today. He is a member of the Southern Baptist-Roman Catholic Conversation Team and has participated in the Evangelicals and Catholics Together initiative.

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If this book succeeds in leading readers to a deeper love of God's word it will have served a valuable purpose.
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George brings a theologian's eye for grand detail to his study, and the result is thoroughly academic yet immensely readable.
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This renewed focus on Scripture is the subject of Timothy George's new book Reading Scripture with the Reformers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By George P. Wood VINE VOICE on December 2, 2011
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In the 1990s, InterVarsity Press launched the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS) series. ACCS aims to publish a commentary on every book of Scripture, based on representative selections from the Church Fathers. The series' publication is a salutary event for the entire Church, of course, but especially for the evangelical wing of that Church, which often fails to wrestle with, let alone acknowledge, the history of the interpretation of the Bible.

Now, InterVarsity is launching a new series: the Reformation Commentary on Scripture (RCS). The first published commentary is Volume 10: Galatians, Ephesians, which is entirely appropriate, since the theology of Apostle Paul can be said to have sparked the Reformation.

Reformation historian Timothy George is general editor of RCS, and he has published a companion volume to it called Reading Scripture with the Reformers. He aims to present "the story, or at least part of the story, of how the Bible came to have a central role in the sixteenth-century movement for religious reform that we call the Protestant Reformation" (p. 11). He notes three issues that recur throughout his narrative (pp. 13-14): (1) "the question of Scripture and tradition," (2) "the desire to make the Bible available to everyone in the common languages of the day," and (3) "how the Bible was used in the life and worship of the Protestant churches."

George primarily uses biography to advance his narrative. Chapter 1 asks, "Why Read the Reformers?" We'll return to George's answer later. Chapter 2, "Ad Fontes!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James C. Goodloe IV on October 22, 2011
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Dr. Timothy F. George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School, has just published a new book:

Reading Scripture with the Reformers. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2011. 269 pp.

It is as good a statement of the project of the Reformation of which I am aware. What did the Reformers do? They read the Bible. They read the Bible with new energy, zeal, study, tools, and commitment. And they read the Scripture in such a way not only to learn it and to know it, and not only to teach it to others in the languages of the day, but also and especially to embody it and to live it in the faith and life of the church.

Why did the Reformers read the church fathers? In order to read the Scripture with them.

Why ought we to read the Reformers? In order to read the Scripture with them.

Some time ago the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series was announced. Now it has begun to be published. It is a way to read Scripture with the Reformers and particularly to learn from their commentaries that are not otherwise easily available.

Dr. George's book, Reading Scripture with the Reformers, is a good introduction to that project. More than that, it is a good survey of the Reformation. And in addition to that, it is an invitation to us to engage in, and to continue, the Reformation project today.

I think you will find this book personally enjoyable and edifying. I think you will also find it good and helpful for church officers and adult study classes as a guide to the aim and purpose of the Reformation, to what it means to be a Reformed church today, and to building up the content and strength of their faith today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Lonas on December 12, 2011
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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 keep individuals from reading Scripture in a vacuum and distorting its meaning

This is the theme of Timothy George's engaging history, Reading Scripture with the Reformers. Over eight chapters, he explores the Reformation as a "revolution of a book", examining how the rediscovery of ancient writings and biblical scholarship spurred the translation of the Bible into the vernacular languages and brought much of the populace back to the fountain of revelation.

George devotes the first chapter of the book to a concise overview of the influence of biblical criticism and modernism and the resulting need for a historical and cultural perspective in studying Scripture. Chapter two follows with a summary of the development of printing and the revival of ancient literary scholarship that helped make the Reformation as a mass cultural event possible. Chapter 4 examines the tension between Scripture and tradition that marked the 16th Century and shows how the reformers stated their case of Scripture as the ultimate authority.

Over the rest of the book, he discusses the contributions and influence of Erasmus (chapter 3), Luther (chapters 5 and 6), Zwingli and the Swiss Reformers (chapter 7), and Calvin (chapter 8).
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Timothy George (PhD, Harvard University) is the founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. An executive editor of Christianity Today, Dr. George has written more than twenty books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals.

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