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Signs of God's Promise: Thomas Cranmer's Sacramental Theology and the Book of Common Prayer 0th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0567031896
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Gordon Jeanes is a scholar of exemplary originality and this project breaks new ground. This has the potential to be an extremely valuable study, parallel and complementary to the excellent work which Ashley Null has published on Cranmer's soteriology,

(Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch)

Mention —Book News, November 2008

"Gordon Jeanes addresses the question in a work of detailed scholarship, referenced with a breadth of reading worthy of Cranmer himself."
"Jeanes has made a persuasive case , which must be taken into account by futures writers on the subject"
17 October 2008
(Raymond Chapman, Revd dr, Emeritus Professor of English in the University of London Church Times)

"Signs of God's Promise is... a resource that can be consulted with benefit by those interested in which texts are important for an understanding of Cranmer's sacramentology. Jeanes has provided readers with an authoritative outline of the key documents. After directing our attention to those key sources, he constructs the documentary development of Cranmer's thought and liturgies." James R. A. Merrick, Ecclesia Reformanda, November 2009.


"A feast of insights, from which not only past controversies, but contemporary issues may be better understood." - Charles Sherlock Secretary of the Liturgy Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia in Journal of Anglican Studies Vol 7.2 Nov 2009


"This is a delightful book and important book, beautifully written and carefully argued. There is no doubt that it will serve Cranmer studies and English liturgical studies for a long time to come. We are indebted to Gordon James for that providential decision to write in depth on Cranmer."
Anaphora, December 2009


"Gordon Jeanes has provided us with a significant addition to the existing scholarship on Thomas Cranmer and the history of liturgical development in the early days of the Church of England. ... This book offers a substantial and helpful contribution to historical and liturgical scholarship." Verbum et Ecclesia, 2009.


"This thoroughly researched work is a welcome addition to the history of theology and of the English Reformation....This work makes a very important contribution to our understanding of Cranmer's theology, of its place in Reformation theology, and of its historical influence on English and Anglican theology. It will be an important resource for scholars and students of theology and Christian history." - Anglican and Episcopal History

Gordon Jeanes is a scholar of exemplary originality and this project breaks new ground. This has the potential to be an extremely valuable study, parallel and complementary to the excellent work which Ashley Null has published on Cranmer's soteriology,

(Sanford Lakoff)

Mention –Book News, November 2008

"Gordon Jeanes addresses the question in a work of detailed scholarship, referenced with a breadth of reading worthy of Cranmer himself."
"Jeanes has made a persuasive case , which must be taken into account by futures writers on the subject"
17 October 2008
(Sanford Lakoff Church Times)

About the Author

Revd Gordon Jeanes is an Anglican priest and has written on many aspects of worship. He was formerly Geoffrey Cuming Fellow in Liturgy in the Universtity of Durham and Lecturer in Church History in the University of Wales, Cardiff. His former publications include The Origins of the Roman Rite (1991) and Cranmer and Common Prayer in the Oxford Guide to the BCP (2006).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567031896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567031891
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,400,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a graduate student, I don't have a lot of time for additional reading beyond what is assigned to me. Nonetheless, when I received Gordon Jeanes' book, I read through it in a mere three days. Simply stated, I found the book as fascinating and as detailed as I found it exciting. Regrettably, the search function here on amazon.com does not let the reader see the praise that Diarmaid MacCulloch and Bryan D. Spinks have given Jeanes's volume, which appears on the back cover of the book.

MacCulloch writes:

"Thanks to Gordon Jeanes, we have at last a reliable and comprehensive guide to Cranmer's theological motives in reshaping the practice of baptism and eucharist, the basis of all later Anglican sacramental liturgies. This work will be of lasting value."

Spinks agrees:

"It has become increasingly clear that the time has arrived for a fresh study of Cranmer's sacramental theology and its relation to the liturgical rites which were mainly his work. This is precisely what Gordon Jeanes has accomplished. A concise introduction brings the reader up to speed with current Cranmer studies, and sets the scene for the examination of his sacramental theology and liturgical work. Jeanes discusses the understanding of the medieval Western rites on the eve of the Reformation and sheds light on mid-sixteenth century English liturgical understanding. Cranmer's developing theology during the reign of Henry VIII, reform under Edward, and Cranmer's mature theology are expounded in depth. This study is a welcomed addition to both Cranmer studies and sixteenth-century English liturgical and sacramental theology."

Little that I myself have to say will likely carry greater weight than the opinions of these two scholars.
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This book is somewhat expensive at $40 for what you get. The author relies quite a bit on Diarmaid MacCulloch's outstanding bio of Cranmer and the extended details of Cranmer's gradual development of his sacramental theology may be interesting to some but comes off as a bit tedious and uninteresting in the way it is here presented. I found it difficult to get through this work, though I am extremely interested in what Cranmer actually thought about the sacraments. Unless you need an extremely dry and detailed elaboration of Cranmer's views on this subject I would not recommend this work. Nor is it particularly insightful. Better to read MacCulloch's outstanding bio, Ashley Null's work on Cranmer that reveals what Cranmer actually thought by way of his annotated works, and a commentary on the historical origin and development of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion.
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