A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli by Professor of Ecclesiastical History Torrance Kirby, Emidio

By Professor of Ecclesiastical History Torrance Kirby, Emidio Campi, Frank A James III

The good Florentine Protestant reformer Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562) made a distinct contribution to the scriptural hermeneutics of the Renaissance and Reformation, the place classical theories of interpretation derived from Patristic and Scholastic resources engaged with new tools drawn from Humanism and Hebraism. Vermigli was once one of many pioneers of the 16th century in acknowledging and harnessing the biblical scholarship of the medieval Rabbis. His eminence within the Catholic Church in Italy (until 1542) was once by means of an both exclusive occupation as theologian and exegete in Protestant Europe the place he was once professor successively in Strasbourg, Oxford, and eventually in Zurich. The significant other involves 24 essays divided between 5 subject matters addressing Vermigli's overseas occupation, hermeneutical process, biblical commentaries, significant theological subject matters, and his later impression. members contain: Scott Amos, Michael Baumann, Jon Balserak, Luca Baschera, Maurice Boutin, Emidio Campi, John Patrick Donnelly SJ, Max Engammare, Gerald Hobbs, Frank James III, Gary Jenkins, Robert Kingdon, Torrance Kirby, William Klempa, Joseph McLelland, Charlotte Methuen, Christian Moser, David Neelands, Peter Opitz, Herman Selderhuis, Daniel Shute, David Wright, and Jason Zuidema.

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With Robert M. Kingdon and Marvin W. : Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers, 1990), 72–81. 18 Almost all of Vermigli’s sermons were given in an academic setting; mostly at Oxford. Four deal with chapters of scripture. One reflects on the resurrection, another on the Lord’s Supper, three encourage the study of scripture or theology. One is on the dignity of ministry. Vermigli’s inaugural oration at Zurich contrasts his joy to be there with the many troubles of his previous career. Calvin invited Vermigli to serve as pastor of the obstreperous Italian congregation in Geneva where preaching would have been a major concern.

Vermigli’s preference also goes to ‘oculus fidei’. Consequently, Boutin concludes, both the methodology and the content of Vermigli’s approach to definition of the sacrament have a distinctly scholastic tone. The third part of the Companion is devoted to five of Vermigli’s major biblical commentaries. Without any doubt Vermigli was an eminent exegete. With his lecture series and massive commentaries on the scriptures the Italian reformer steadily established himself as one of the most important interpreters of the Bible in the sixteenth century.

Vermigli very politely declined the invitation. He preferred lecturing and writing in Zurich. Christian Moser’s paper on Vermigli’s correspondence analyzes extant sources of Vermigli’s epistolary, the distribution of senders and recipients, as well as the chronological and geographical circulation of the letters. He compares these findings with what is known of the networks of other leading reformers, such as Theodore Beza, Heinrich Bullinger, and Martin Bucer. On the basis of this empirical study Moser focusses attention of key theological topics in the correspondence and examines these in the light of relevant theological writings of Vermigli and of his correspondents.

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