Teaching the Reformation: Ministers and Their Message in Basel, 1529-1629

Hardcover | October 26, 2006

byAmy Nelson Burnett

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Though the Reformation was sparked by the actions of Martn Luther, it was not a decisive break from the Church in Rome but rather a gradual process of religious and social change. As the men responsible for religious instruction and moral oversight at the village level, parish pastors played akey role in the implementation of the Reformation and the gradual development of a Protestant religious culture, but their ministry has seldom been examined in the light of how they were prepared for the pastorate. Teaching the Reformation examines the four generations of Reformed pastors who servedthe church of Basel in the century after the Reformation, focusing on the evolution of pastoral training and Reformed theology, the theory and practice of preaching, and the performance of pastoral care in both urban and rural parishes. It looks at how these pastors were educated and what theylearned, examining not only the study of theology but also the general education in languages, rhetoric and dialectic that future pastors received at the citys Latin school and in the arts faculty of the university. It points to significant changes over time in the content of that education, whichin turn separated Basels pastors into distinct generations. The study also looks more specifically at preaching in Basel, demonstrating how the evolution of dialectic and rhetoric instruction, and particularly the spread of Ramism, led to changes in both exegetical method and homiletics. Thesedevelopments, combined with the gradual elaboration of Reformed theology, resulted in a distinctive style of Reformed Orthodox preaching in Basel. The development of pastoral education also had a direct impact on how Basels clergy carried out their other dutiescatechization, administering thesacraments, counseling the dying and consoling the bereaved, and overseeing the moral conduct of their parishioners. The growing professionalization of the clergy, the result of more intensive education and more stringent supervision, contributed to the gradual implantation of a Reformed religiousculture in Basel.

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Though the Reformation was sparked by the actions of Martn Luther, it was not a decisive break from the Church in Rome but rather a gradual process of religious and social change. As the men responsible for religious instruction and moral oversight at the village level, parish pastors played akey role in the implementation of the Refor...

Amy Nelson Burnett is Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author of The Yoke of Christ: Martin Bucer and Christian Discipline.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:460 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 1.5 inPublished:October 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Basel and the Reformation1. Basel and its Reformed church2. Preaching and Teaching in Theory and Practice3. Building a New ChurchPart II: Creating a System of Pastoral Education4. Laying the Foundation5. The Arts Faculty and General Education6. Theology Instruction in BaselPart III: The Reformed Art of Preaching7. The Development of Reformed Homiletics8. The Evolution of Preaching in BaselPart IV: The Pastor in the Parish9. The Career of a Basel Pastor10. The Pastor as Teacher11. Pastoral Care from Cradle to Grave12. The Transformation of the Pastoral MinistryTablesGraphsAppendix: Comparison of Commentaries on DanielNotesBibliographyIndex

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"Burnett's new book is a very helpful contribution to a much neglected subject. Drawing on archival as well as printed sources, this study of the development of the Protestant clergy of Basel provides a detailed picture of the training and career paths of the first four generations. One keystrength of the book is the attention to obscure men, to the rank-and-file of pastors and preachers. It is particularly illuminating to see how both church and clergy shaped and were shaped by the process which led from reformers like Johannes Oecolampadius, through several cohorts of pastors whoexperienced different stages of the establishment of Protestant structures, to those whose entire formation was the fruit of a post-Reformation tradition." --Elsie McKee, author of "Elders and the Plural Ministry: The Role of Exegetical History in Illuminating JohnCalvin's Theology"