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John Diodati's Doctrine of Holy Scripture [Paperback]

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Pages   140
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.33"
Weight:   0.41 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 5, 2007
Publisher   Reformation Heritage Books
ISBN  1892777983  
EAN  9781892777980  


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This study begins with a discussion of the state of research on Diodati. This is followed by a survey of Diodati's life and work, focusing on his role within contemporary Protestantism. The history of the doctrine of Scripture is then considered in order to provide the relevant background to Diodati's beliefs and to the significance of Scripture in the disputes that were part and parcel of the Reformation. The central element of the dissertation consists of a translation from Latin into English of the twenty-five theses concerning the doctrine of Scripture that he presented in 1596, when he graduated from the Academy at Geneva. There follows a detailed analysis of these theses in the light of the Protestant view of Scripture and the controversy with the teaching of the Church of Rome, especially as set out in the formulations of the Council of Trent. This analysis also draws on a work for which Diodati was well known to the English public, namely his Pious Annotations upon the Holy Bible, his greatest legacy after his translation of the Italian Bible. The study concludes with a brief evaluation of the significance of the continuity of the doctrine of Scripture in the history of the church, of the debate over the issue of authority between the Reformers and Rome, and of the way in which Diodati's attitude to the translation of Scripture was governed by both the need for clarity and the theology of the Bible itself. - AUTHOR'S PREFACE

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This study considers important aspects of the work of John Diodati (1576-1649), one of the epigones of Calvin and Beza, who served as pastor of the Italian church in Geneva and professor at Calvin's Academy. Particular attention is given to his doctrine of Scripture, not only because of the controversy concerning the authority of the Bible that was an essential part of the Reformation, but also because Diodati was responsible for an influential translation of the Bible into Italian. This study begins with a discussion of the state of research on Diodati. This is followed by a survey of Diodati's life and work, focusing on his role within contemporary Protestantism. The history of the doctrine of Scripture is then considered in order to provide the relevant background to Diodati's beliefs and to the significance of Scripture in the disputes that were part and parcel of the Reformation. The central element of the dissertation consists of a translation from Latin into English of the twenty-five theses concerning the doctrine of Scripture that he presented in 1596, when he graduated from the Academy at Geneva. There follows a detailed analysis of these theses in the light of the Protestant view of Scripture and the controversy with the teaching of the Church of Rome, especially as set out in the formulations of the Council of Trent. This analysis also draws on a work for which Diodati was well known to the English public, namely his "Pious Annotations upon the Holy Bible," his greatest legacy after his translation of the Italian Bible. The study concludes with a brief evaluation of the significance of the continuity of the doctrine of Scripture in the history of the church, of the debate over the issue of authority between the Reformers and Rome, and of the way in which Diodati's attitude to the translation of Scripture was governed by both the need for clarity and the theology of the Bible itself.

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Rare Book on an Italian Reformed Theologian  May 8, 2008
My first introduction to the Italian Reformed biblical scholar and theologian, Giovanni Diodati, was a memorable one. In preparation for an adult catechism class through the Canons of Dort, I came across his comment upon the arrest, trial, and execution of the Remonstrant politician, Jan Van Oldenbarneveldt. Five days after the Synod of Dort convened Van Oldenbarneveldt was executed as a traitor, to which Diodati remarked: "The Canons of Dort had shot off the Advocate's head" (Cited in M. W. Dewar, "The British Delegation at the Synod of Dort--1618-1619." The Evangelical Quarterly 46 (April-June 1974): 115.). In the course of reading Andrea Ferrari's excellent book, John Diodati's Doctrine of Holy Scripture, I have come to know more about this man than his ironic comment. Rev. Ferrari brings to the English-speaking world a specialized study on this classic Reformed theologian.

The book is very succinct (129 pages, including notes and bibliography) and simply laid out, as Ferrari opens with a brief word about the state of Diodati studies, chronicles Diodati's biography, survey's the doctrine of Scripture in church history, and then offers a translation of Diodati's Theses theologicae de Sacra Scriptura and exegetes them in the final two chapters. These two chapters alone were worth the price of the book.

Rev. Ferrari sketches the intriguing and productive life of Diodati, which ought to inspire theologians, ministers, and seminary students to be productive and pious laborers in the Lord's vineyard. Stretching seventy-three years, Diodati was a man of man gifts and many travels, being born in Geneva because of the Inquisition in Italy, serving as in Geneva's Academy, pastoring in Italty and France, and serving as a delegate to the great Synod of Dort in 1618-19.

What is most edifying about this book are Diodati's theses, presented to the Genevan Academy for defense at the conclusion of his studies when he was twenty-years old. These twenty-five tightly argued theses present a classic Reformed and Protestant doctrine of Holy Scripture, moving from inspiration, to canonicity, to translations, to the necessity of vernacular versions, to their perspicuity, to their interpretation, to their authority over the church, their self-attestation, to their sufficiency, and necessity. Among those that stand out is thesis 5 and its implications for polemics with Rome: "The Latin version (they call the Vulgate) is an ectype of the original, from which it is lawful to appeal to the archetype" (47). Thesis 9 also is a reminder that Scripture is perspicuous, yet must be approached rightly: "The danger in the reading of the Scriptures is not from themselves, but from human recklessness" (48). Finally, theses 20 and 21 succinctly present the Reformed view of the necessity of Scripture: "Scripture contains most completely all things necessary for salvation," and, "Scripture is therefore necessary, because those things cannot be sought elsewhere" (50).

Overall, John Diodati's Doctrine of Holy Scripture is a fine piece of research and writing, which any informed believer may pick and read to their edification. It is especially worth reading Diodati's theses, especially in our day in which the Bible is so widely read yet so widely abused. Rev. Ferrari is to be commended for this work.
 

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