The Two Books of Homilies Appointed to Be Read in Churches
One of the greatest challenges a church faces in establishing a collective understanding of Scripture is the diversity of teaching. The Two Books of Homilies Appointed to Be Read in Churches was written to tackle this challenge head-on. This text served the purpose of unifying the church through one fundamental understanding of Scripture. Queen Elizabeth appointed sermons from The Two Books of Homilies to be read aloud by all parsons, vicars, and curates every Sunday and holy day. The intent was to increase the wisdom of the body of the Church by ensuring that everyone was literally on the same page about sin, prayer, the resurrection, fasting, idolatry, and other various topics that were subject to misunderstanding after the Reformation. This text includes two books of these diverse and widely taught sermons.
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- 33 sermons on a wide range of topics
- Detailed index of all references to Scripture
- Index of names and terms used in the text, with citations of each work discussed in the sermons
Praise for the Authors
A dithering ecclesiastical Hamlet, an heretical schismatic, and an heroic defender of reformed Christianity, Thomas Cranmer has been vilified and praised with such words by his own and every succeeding generation.
—David Garrett, rector, parish of Seaforth
[Jewell is the] worthiest divine that Christendom hath bred for some hundreds of years . . .
—Richard Hooker, priest and theologian
- Title: The Two Books of Homilies Appointed to Be Read in Churches
- Authors: Thomas Cranmer and John Jewell
- Editor: John Griffiths
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 1859
- Pages: 628
About Thomas Cranmer
Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556) was the archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI. Cranmer attended Jesus College of Cambridge, where he earned his doctorate in divinity in 1526. He was appointed archbishop of Canterbury in 1532.
During his time as archbishop, Cranmer, along with Thomas Cromwell, championed the translation of the Bible into English. In 1548, plans for a complete liturgy for the English Church began. Cranmer compiled The Book of Common Prayer, which was published in 1549. After Mary I took the throne, the archbishop was tried for treason and heresy. He was imprisoned for two years and martyred in 1556 in Oxford.
Cranmer wrote many important articles and letters, which–along with a few biographies on the life and influence of Cranmer–can be found in the Thomas Cranmer Collection.
About John Jewell
John Jewell (1522–1571) was a bishop who sought to ground the Church of England in its beliefs after the divisions caused by Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary I. In his sermons, he challenged the Catholic Church to defend its beliefs out of Scripture or the words of the Church Fathers. The ensuing debates led him to publish Apology of the Church of England, which presented a precise explanation of the stance of the Church of England against Catholicism and established him as the literary apologist of his time.