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Reading Scripture with the Reformers Paperback – October 6, 2011
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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)
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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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Long story short, I found this book with a very satisfactory explanation about the source I needed to quote were that thesis was, and I bought it to research on this topic. It was very useful.
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.
In a day when the church is sorely tempted to deny the authority of the Scripture and when some opine that there is no right or wrong interpretation of Scripture (which is another way of saying that it has no authority over us but instead lies under the supposedly higher authority of individual readings), this book is a word we need read, to hear, and to share.
Dr. James C. Goodloe IV, Executive Director
Foundation for Reformed Theology
This text has further, unexpected insights as well. We're introduced to Petrarch's concept of the "historical imagination", which enabled the masses to enter into literature in a radical new way. In addition, readers learn how Lorenzo Valla, in the fifteenth century, paved the way for others to seek more accurate translations of Greek texts. Further, we find that the early reformers valued the role of Jesus' mother Mary a good deal more than their kinsmen would today. Also, readers discover how the earliest Baptists had a high level of appreciation for the historic Christian creeds. Finally, we learn that modern hermeneutics owes more to the Enlightenment than to the Reformation.
In Reading Scripture with the Reformers, Dr. George has produced an awesome text for anyone serious about their evangelical heritage. In addition to those cited above, numerous other personalities and thoughts are brought forth throughout this work. I simply cannot recommend it enough.
The "imperialism of the present" would tell me they are irrelevant. It would, however, also blind me to the benefit of those who have traveled the road of faith before me. In Reading Scripture with the Reformers, Timothy George argues there is legitimate and substantial benefit in understanding the Scriptures through the eyes of the Reformers.
George guides the reader through the twists and turns of the Reformation. Along the tour he introduces the leading (often little-known) figures of this period. Their distinct and occasionally conflicting approaches to the Scriptures provide the thematic understanding of its history.
What becomes evident through this historical excursion is the centrality of Scripture to this era. From leader to layman, Protestant to Catholic, saint to sinner, new-found access to the Bible opened up opportunities and influences. The author shows the influence of what the Reformers read, how they interpreted their reading, and how their influence shaped how subsequent generations viewed Scripture.
The contemporary church has much to learn from those who have journeyed ahead of us. For those seeking to explore the benefits of this section of the road, Reading Scripture with the Reformers is an excellent guide-map.
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