Renaissance and Enlightenment

c. 1350 C.E.- 1800 C.E.

Martin Luther (1483-1546). “An Open Letter to the Christian Nobility.” See also his discussion of interpretive preferences and proper allegory in the introduction of Lectures on Deuteronomy, Luther’s Works, Vol. 9 (ed. by Jaroslav Pelikan; trans. by Richard R. Caemmerer. Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1960).

John Calvin (1509-1564). Institutes, I (ch. 6-9).

Council of Trent, Fourth Session (1546).

Matthias Flacius Illyricus (1520-1575). Clavis Scriptural Sacrae. For a partial English translation see: How to Understand the Sacred Scriptures: from Clavis Scriptural Sacrae. Translated by Wade R. Johnson. Saginaw, MI, Magdeburg Press, 2011.

Westminster Confession of Faith (1646). Chapter 1.

Anna Barbauld (1743-1825). Devotional Pieces Compiled from the Psalms and the Book of Job: To Which Are Prefixed Thoughts on the Devotional Taste, on Sects, and on Establishment (in part of this work Barbauld challenges rationalistic interpretation of Scripture.)

See also:

George, Timothy. Reading Scripture with the Reformers. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2011.

Holder, R. Ward. John Calvin and the Grounding of Interpretation: Calvin’s First Commentaries. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006.

Sheehan, Jonathan. The Enlightenment Bible. Translation, Scholarship, and Culture. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2005.

Thompson, Mark D. A Sure Ground On Which to Stand: The Relation of Authority and Interpretive Method in Luther’s Approach to Scripture. Paternoster Biblical and Theological Monographs. Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster Press, 2004.