Defending the Trinity in the Reformed Palatinate: The Elohistae

Hardcover | December 12, 2015

byBenjamin R. Merkle

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This study begins with an examination of Girolamo Zanchi's De Tribus Elohim (1572), setting this important defense of the doctrine of the Trinity in the immediate context of the recent rise of antitrinitarianism within the Reformed Palatinate. De Tribus Elohim focused on the grammaticalpeculiarity of the Hebrew word Elohim (God) in order to refute the biblicism of its contemporary antitrinitarians. In doing so, Zanchi's argument followed an exegetical thread common within the late medieval case for the doctrine of the Trinity, but which ran contrary to the exegetical sensibilitiesof many of Zanchi's own Reformed colleagues. This disagreement over the correct interpretation of the word Elohim, then became a touchstone for distinguishing between two different approaches to the Hebrew text with the Reformed Church of the late sixteenth century, and becomes a significant piecein understanding the development of Reformed exegesis.

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This study begins with an examination of Girolamo Zanchi's De Tribus Elohim (1572), setting this important defense of the doctrine of the Trinity in the immediate context of the recent rise of antitrinitarianism within the Reformed Palatinate. De Tribus Elohim focused on the grammaticalpeculiarity of the Hebrew word Elohim (God) in ord...

Benjamin R Merkle is a Fellow of Theology and Classical Languages at New Saint Andrews College, in Moscow, Idaho.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.8 inPublished:December 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Beware of Calvinism1. How Many Elohim? Reformed Exegesis and the Challenge of Antitrinitarianism2. The Example of Heidelberg3. Girolamo Zanchi4. De Tribus Elohim5. The Hunnius / Pareus Debate6. Franciscus Junius and Johannes DrusiusBibliography