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The Protestant reformation (Documentary history of Western civilization,early modern history. Harper torchbooks)

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  • Unknown Binding: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row (1968)
  • ASIN: B0000COAGV
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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This collection of important primary sources pertaining to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century has had an amazingly persistent history. Originally published some 40 years ago, it still enjoys the confidence of students of the Reformation. In contrast to most other source collections, The Protestant Reformation offered lengthy excerpts from important primary sources, rather than short snippets, so as to provide the reader with an understanding of the broader cogency and dynamic of an author's arguments. However, since the time of the original publication, the study of the Reformation of the sixteenth century has taken several important turns that have revised or changed the traditional understanding. Accordingly, these new perspectives need to be noted. This new edition seeks to accommodate these new trends and perspectives while retaining the basic orientation of the original edition. It includes texts written by women as well as texts dealing with popular religion. Its basic assumption, however, continues to be that religion - no matter how variously dependent on societal forces--must be seen as the pivotal element in the story of the sixteenth century. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Hans J. Hillerbrand is Professor of Religion and History, Duke University. He specializes in Reformation and the history of modern Christianity. He served as editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation and was president of the American Society of Church History in 2000. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
This is a selection of primary source readings from the period. It isn't designed to take the place of a more comprehensive narrative history. Hillerbrand includes a helpful variety of extracts from Luther, Zwingli, the Anabaptists, Calvin, and the English Reformation, all with brief introductions.
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By A Customer on 31 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
This man rambled on about the protestant Reformation. I could not tell where any of his thoughts were going. There is nothing you could learn in this book that cannot be found in an encyclopedia!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Document 10 July 2001
By Andrew Casad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great collection of works that changed the face of Christianity in the 16th century. Using original source documents compiled into this reader, Hillerbrand gives space to explore the major reformation movements of the Evangelicals (Luther), the Reformed Church (Calvin), as well as the Anabaptists and other movements so commonly reduced to the Reformation. I used this book for an undergraduate course on the History of Reformation Europe and found it to be an excellent source, especially when paired with John Olin's compilation of original source documents on the Catholic Reformation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make this your 2nd book on the Reformation 11 Nov. 2006
By J. Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you're interested in learning about the history of the Protestant Reformation and the impact it has had on the world, this is not the first book I would recommend. Hillerbrand's book is, however, probably the 2nd book I would recommend. Start with a broader, more comprehensive history that ties everything together, then read this book for the actual writings by the people who shaped the Reformation. Hillerbrand writes an excellent introduction, and a chronology/timeline lists the major events, but the real strength of the book is in presenting the actual writings by the movers and shakers of the Reformation.

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.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best collection of short sources available. 13 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a selection of primary source readings from the period. It isn't designed to take the place of a more comprehensive narrative history. Hillerbrand includes a helpful variety of extracts from Luther, Zwingli, the Anabaptists, Calvin, and the English Reformation, all with brief introductions.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Protestant Reformation 8 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of the few books that makes sources of the Protestant Reformation available and accessible to students. A well thought out collection of documents with useful introductions that covers the Reformation from Luther through the English Reformation. The introductions are clear and to the point. The sources are well-chosen to bring out some of the major literature of the period.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars solid primary source work 4 Dec. 2006
By church history fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
don't listen to the negative reviews. I had Dr. Hillerbrand as a professor during my undergrad time at duke, and not only is he a solid scholar of the reformation, but this book is a solid primary source collection as well.
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