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Studies on the Life and Influence of Zwingli (7 vols.)
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“No other reformer struck out a more original and independent course than Ulrich Zwingli,” nineteenth-century biographer William Blackburn wrote. “No other man attempted to be, at the same time, a preacher, author, statesman, military patriot, and reformer.”

Combining seven classic volumes on the life and legacy of Zwingli, this collection sheds light on the first-generation reformer’s important role in church history. Study Zwingli’s life story from several different perspectives with a variety of biographies. Read selections of his most important writings. And place Zwingli within the greater context of the Swiss Reformation with insights into the rise of the movement and Zwingli’s fellow reformers. Of interest to any student of the Reformation, these studies deepen your understanding of Zwingli’s theology and ministry.

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Read Zwingli’s work for yourself—check out The Works of Zwingli.

Key Features

  • Offers six classic biographies of Zwingli
  • Includes selections from Zwingli’s most important writings
  • Sheds light on the Swiss Reformation

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Selected Works of Huldreich Zwingli, the Reformer of German Switzerland

  • Editor: Samuel Macauley Jackson
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania
  • Publication Date: 1901
  • Pages: 286

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Gain deeper insight into the writings of Zwingli with this collection of short works by the Swiss reformer.

Contents:

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • “Visit of the Episcopal Delegation to Zurich,” April 1522
  • “The Petition of Eleven Priests to Be Allowed to Marry,” July, 1522
  • “The Acts of the First Zurich Disputation,” January, 1523
  • “Zurich Marriage Ordinance,” 1525
  • “Refutation of the Tricks of the Catabaptists,” 1527

Samuel Macauley Jackson (1851–1912) was educated at Princeton Theological Seminary and Union Seminary. He then studied for two years at the University of Leipzig, and then earned his DD from New York University, where he became professor of church history. He served as an editor and author for numerous prestigious projects, including The American Church History Series, The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Thought, The Encyclopedia of Living Divines, and The Concise Dictionary of Religious Knowledge. He also edited The Heroes of the Reformation, and wrote one volume in that series on the life of Zwingli.

Ulrich Zwingli: The Patriotic Reformer

  • Author: William Blackburn
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Board of Publication
  • Publication Date: 1868
  • Pages: 342

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“No other reformer struck out a more original and independent course than Ulrich Zwingli,” biographer William Blackburn notes, “No other man attempted to be, at the same time, a preacher, author, statesman, military patriot, and reformer.” In this volume he offers a portrait of Zwingli, “endeavor[ing] to set forth the man and his friends as they grew in piety and labored together in studying the Word of God, teaching and preaching the truth, and restoring the Church to the foundation of Christ and his Apostles.”

William M. Blackburn (1828–1898) was educated at Princeton, and served as chair of biblical and ecclesiastical history at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary of the Northwest at Chicago. He was later president of the Territorial University, and also wrote William Farel, Aonio Paleario and His Friends, and College Days of Calvin.

The Life of Ulric Zwingli

  • Author: Jean Grob
  • Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls
  • Publication Date: 1883
  • Pages: 221

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Examine the eventful life of the “Reformer of Switzerland” with this biography by Jean Grob. Translated and adapted for the Standard Library series, this volume commemorates the 400th anniversary of Zwingli’s birth, presenting “a reliable record of the man, in church and state, without entering into the details of political questions or theological problems.”

The Life of Ulrich Zwingle, the Swiss Reformer

  • Author: J.G. Hess
  • Translator: Lucy Aikin
  • Publisher: J. Johnson and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1812
  • Pages: 358

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This general account of Zwingli’s life by J.G. Hess offers a warm and readable portrait of Luther and Calvin’s lesser-known Swiss compatriot. Translator Lucy Aikin notes that this “lively and feeling narrative of facts . . . . aims at giving such a picture of the truly evangelical character and spirit of the Swiss reformer and his doctrine as, by interesting the heart, may gently invite the reason to a closer investigation of those principles, which it was the business of his life to inculcate.”

Lucy Aikin (1781–1864) was a British historical writer and translator. Born into a literary family, and educated by her father and aunt, she studied English, French, Italian, Latin, literature, and history. She translated a number of French works, including The Travels of Rolando, and wrote fiction, children’s books, biographies, and most famously, historical works, such as Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth.

The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli

  • Author: Johann Jakob Hottinger
  • Translator: Thomas Conrad Porter
  • Publisher: Theodore F. Scheffer
  • Publication Date: 1856
  • Pages: 450

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J.J. Hottinger examines Zwingli not only as a Protestant reformer, but also as a statesman, and as fully human figure, noting that “if we regard him as merely a reformer of the church, he may perhaps appear to us surrounded by a brighter glory; but history demands a full representation, and such a representation exhibits him as a man ‘possessed of like passions with ourselves.’” Drawing upon numerous Latin and German works relating to the period, as well as “an immense mass of important and necessary state-papers, long buried in the archives of the Canton,” Hottinger offers an informative history of Zwingli’s life and work in the context of the broader history of the Swiss Reformation.

Johann Jakob Hottinger (1652–1735) was a professor of theology in Zurich, and son of the Swiss theologian Johann Heinrich Hottinger. He also wrote Helvetische Kirchengeschichte.

The Mountain Boy of Wildhaus: A Life of Ulric Zwingli

  • Author: David Van Horne
  • Publisher: Reformed Church Publication Board
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 222

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A book prepared in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Zwingli’s birthday in 1884, American minister David Van Horne’s study of “the mountain boy of Wildhaus” is warm and personable, giving special attention to Zwingli’s early years. Van Horne hopes to appeal to younger readers with this focus on Zwingli’s formative years, noting that “in each aspect of his life, Zwingli presents a bold and striking figure, well calculated to arrest the attention of American youth.” But for readers young and old, the text provides an interesting study of the Swiss reformer as a young man.

David Van Horne (1837–1930) was also author of History of the Reformed Church in Philadelphia.

Zwingli: The Rise of the Reformation in Switzerland

  • Author: Raget Christoffel
  • Translator: John Cochran
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1858
  • Pages: 473

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R. Christoffel’s study offers a look at the life of the great Swiss reformer, situated within the context of the Reformation’s rise in Switzerland. Discussing “not only the Reformer himself . . . much light is [also] thrown upon his coadjutors in the work of Reformation, upon the rise and history of the great movement itself, and upon the manners and modes of thinking of the times which it took place.” Attempting to make the work as “autobiographical” in character as possible, Christoffel draws upon extracts from the Zwingli’s correspondence in creating what is also a personal study that spans from the “interior of his domestic life” to the “arena of his mighty contests” and the “vineyard in which he labored.”

Raget Christoffel (1810–1875) was pastor of the Reformed Church in Wintersingen, Switzerland.

About Ulrich Zwingli

Ulrich (Huldrych) Zwingli (1484–1531) was a notable Swiss leader of the Reformation. Born to a family of farmers in Wildhaus, Switzerland, Zwingli was educated at the University of Basel, where he earned a Master of Arts degree. Ordained in 1506, his first ecclesiastical post was in the town of Glarus where he stayed for 10 years and got involved with politics during a turbulent time in Swiss history. He then took a position in the town of Einsiedeln, and achieved a reputation as a gifted preacher and writer, he was elected the stipendiary priest of Zurich.

In 1522, Zwingli published a sermon against fasting, Von Erkiesen und Freiheit der Speisen (“Regarding the Choice and Freedom of Foods”), which is considered by some historians to be the first act of the Swiss Reformation.

In 1529, the famous dispute over the interpretation of the Eucharist divided Martin Luther and Zwingli during the Marburg Colloquy, which resulted in two Protestant confessions. The Lutherans presented Charles V with the Augsburg confession, while Zwingli produced his own, Fidei ratio (“Account of Faith”). As the Reformation grew across Switzerland and other nearby countries, cantons (states) were split between those supporting Rome and those supporting the Reformation. On October 9, 1531, the city of Zurich was caught off guard by a declaration of war by an alliance of neighboring cantons known as the Five States (Lucerne, Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden, and Zug). On October 11, Zwingli was among the 500 soldiers that died on the battlefield.