A groundbreaking discussion of late medieval Christian thought, opening up the studies of specialists to a wider and more general audience.
Series: Library of Ecclesiastical History
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Specifications: 222x144mm, 344pp
Published: May 2003
Specifications: 216x140mm, 344pp
Published: May 2003
Oberman's magisterial work transfers discussion of late medieval Christian thought from the private studies of the specialist to more general use and understanding, and explains the significance of the ideas of the time. Although this 'Late Medieval Reader' does not exhaust the riches of the period between the High Middle Ages and the Reformation era, it introduces the reader to aspects of such major themes as conciliarism, curialism, mysticism, scholasticism, the spirituality of the Devotio Moderna, and the impact of Renaissance humanism.
The theme of Forerunners of the Reformation emerges from the consideration that the justified rejection of a confessional reading of the past has been succeeded by an equally unhistorical disjunction of the Medieval and Reformation periods. Without a grasp of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the medieval basis of modern thought is incomplete, since Reformation and Counter Reformation seem to arise 'out of the blue'. This book is a major contribution to filling the gap, and so rendering the development of the Reformation historically intelligible once again.
1. The Case of the Forerunner
2. Scripture and Tradition
John Brevicoxa: Treatise on Faith, the Church, the Roman Pontiff, and the General Council
Jacob Hoeck: Excerpt of a Letter of Jacob Hoeck to Wessel Gansfort
Wessel Gansfort: From the Letter in Reply to Jacob Hoeck from Wessel Gansfort
3. Justification: Man's Eternal Predestination
Robert Holcot: Lectures on the Wisdom of Solomon
Thomas Bradwardine: The Cause of God Against the Pelagians
Gabriel Biel: The Circumcision of the Lord
Johann von Staupitz: Eternal predestination and its Execution in Time
4. The Church
Jan Hus: The Church
Pope Pius II: Execrabilis
5. The Eucharist
Cardinal Cajetan, Thomas de Vio: The Celebration of the Mass
Sylvester Prierias: Word and Sacrament
Cornelisz Hoen: A Most Christian Letter
Jacobus Faber Stapulensis: Introduction to Commentary on the Psalms
Jacobus Faber Stapulensis: Introduction to the Commentaries on Paul's Letters
Desiderius Erasmus: Laurentius Valla's Annotations to the New Testament
Heiko Oberman of the Netherlands Reformed Church taught at Harvard Theological Seminary, the Institute of Reformation History at Tubingen University and at Arizona University. He is also the author of: The Dawn of the Reformation (1986) and The Impact of the Reformation (1994).