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 different 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 equipment drawn from Humanism and Hebraism. Vermigli used to be 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 unusual profession as theologian and exegete in Protestant Europe the place he used to be professor successively in Strasbourg, Oxford, and at last in Zurich. The better half contains 24 essays divided between 5 issues addressing Vermigli's overseas profession, hermeneutical procedure, biblical commentaries, significant theological subject matters, and his later impression. participants 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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Klempa notes Martyr’s use of both the Alexandrian of diuinitie in the schole of Tigure, vpon the Epistle of S. Paul to the Romanes (London: John Daye cum gratia & priuilegio Regiæ Maiestatis, 1568). 12 See Two Theological Loci: Predestination and Justification. ed. Frank A. James III, The Peter Martyr Library, vol. 8 (Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2004). introduction 13 and Antiochene principles of biblical interpretation in his approach to the New Testament Christological texts in his response to Stancaro’s claim.

Cf. on the philosophical-theological education of Vermigli John Patrick Donnelly, Calvinism and Scholasticism in Vermigli’s Doctrine of Man and Grace (Leiden: Brill, 1976), as well as the introduction by Joseph C. McLelland in vol. 4 of The Peter Martyr Library: Philosophical Works (Kirksville, MO: Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies, 1996), xix–xli, and more recently Frank A. James III, Peter Martyr Vermigli and Predestination: the Augustinian inheritance italy: religious and intellectual ferment 27 of Vermigli, especially in the treatment of theological questions.

Commentarii (Basle: P. Perna, 1558). Most learned and fruitfull commentaries of D. Peter Martir Vermilius Florentine, professor 12 introduction in an extended locus on justification, a doctrine he believed was taught explicitly in the epistle to the Romans. 12 One of the important historiographical insights garnered from the study of Vermigli’s interpretation of this doctrine is the fact that the Protestant account of justification was not static, but went through a process of theological amelioration from a dynamic view that stressed the complementarity (but not identification) of justification and sanctification towards a more restrictive understanding that stressed a sharper distinction between these ‘two kinds’ of righteousness.

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