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The Protestant Reformation Paperback – August 4, 2009
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About the Author
Hans J. Hillerbrand is the former chair of the department of religion at Duke University. A recognized expert on the Reformation and the history of modern Christianity, he has published many articles and books on the period and was the editor in chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation. He is the former president of both the American Academy of Religion and the American Society of Church History, and he lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Top Customer Reviews
My favorite part was the chapter on Martin Luther. Luther wrote for the common man, and his words are amazingly clear and concise. The theological issues that Luther wrote about are as relevant today as they were five centuries ago when Luther lived.
One fascinating chapter contained parts of William Tyndale's New Testament, published about 80 years before the King James Bible. It's amazing how much the English language changed in those years. The Tyndale Bible is very difficult to read, while the KJ version is close to modern English.
These writings make the Reformers come alive as real people. Fascinating reading.
Of the many alternate, sometimes overlapping and quite ingenious explanations of the whys and wherefores of the reformation, one still must pay heed to the theological core as a succinct and comprehensive answer. Among the better scholars of the Reformation Era is Hans Hillerbrand. His insight should be highlighted.
"To be sure, Luther and his fellow-reformers now and then talked about the correction of ecclesiastical abuses and their efforts may have been so understood by the people. But the real thrust of the reformers was in a different direction - a reinterpretation of the gospel. The reformers propounded a different understanding of the New Testament, and while this understanding had connections with the theological tradition of the Fathers, especially St. Augustine, it can justifiably be called new. When the Protestants talked about "reform," therefore, they thought not so much about the practical life of the church as about a new theological understanding." [Hans J. Hillerbrand, ed. The Protestant Reformation in Documentary History of Western Civilization, ed. Eugene C. Black & Leonard W.Read more ›
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The book is in good condition and arrived on time. It is will serve the purpose; I needed it for a class and it will get through that. I am very happy with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by greatuncledad
The book seemed interesting and got here in a timely fashion and in proper condition. It was a gift so I didn't read it though so I can't comment on that.Published 23 months ago by Revera
This was the primary text for the class about the Reformation. It was certainly informative. I enjoyed the class very much, and this book was one reason.Published on August 7, 2013 by honest ame
Needed this for a class and it was the text. Can't say it was a great read but good reference.Published on July 31, 2013 by Ann R. Wertz
If you want to know how it all started and why and who the key players are, I highly recommend this book. Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Monica