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A Reformation Reader: Primary Texts with Introductions, 2nd ed.


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Although deeply political, economic, and social, the European Reformations of the sixteenth century were at heart religious disputes over core Christian theological issues. Denis Janz’s A Reformation Reader is unabashed in its generous selection of key theological and related texts from five distinct Reformation sites. Along with plenty on the late-medieval background, the Lutheran, Calvinist, Radical, English, and Catholic Reformations are all well-represented here.

Janz’s selection of more than 100 carefully edited primary documents captures the energy and moment of that tumultuous time. The new edition incorporates a dozen readings by and about women in the Reformation, adds a new chapter on Thomas Müntzer and the Peasants' War, and adds illuminating graphics.

With Logos Bible Software, this volume is enhanced with cutting-edge research tools. Scripture citations appear on mouseover in your preferred English translation. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Powerful topical searches help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

  • Presents a broad selection of key texts from the sixteenth-century European Reformations
  • Provides more than 100 primary documents
  • Contains information and graphics new to the second edition
  • The Late Medieval Background
  • Martin Luther
  • Thomas Müntzer and the Peasants’ War
  • Zwingli and the Anabaptists
  • John Calvin
  • The Reformation in England
  • The Counter/Catholic Reformation
The best one-volume primary-source collection available for students of the European reformations. The selections are substantial enough to sustain serious study and discussion, whether the topic is key religious texts or the thoughtful reactions of urban men and women. Ideal for one-semester surveys.

—Mark U. Edwards Jr., advisory member, faculty of divinity, Harvard Divinity School

The diverse voices, experiences, issues, and personalities that shaped the European reformations in various contexts are expertly lifted up in this stellar collection of theologically pertinent texts from men and women. An excellent teaching tool and a gem of a potable Reformation library that brings an international community of readers into firsthand contact with the fathers and mothers of the ‘reformed’ Protestant and Catholic Christianity.

—Kirsi Stjerna, former professor of Reformation church history, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA

  • Title: A Reformation Reader: Primary Texts with Introductions
  • Author: Denis R. Janz
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2002
  • Logos Release Date: 2012
  • Pages: 472
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Reformation › Sources
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-10-03T23:11:16Z

Denis R. Janz is Provost Distinguished Professor of the History of Christianity at Loyola University, New Orleans. He is the general editor of A People’s History of Christianity series and author of Luther and Late Medieval Thomism, Luther on Thomas Aquinas, and World Christianity and Marxism.


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  1. Jeremy Priest

    Jeremy Priest


    It would be helpful if the "See Inside" feature would give a preview of the entire table of contents.


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