By Franciscus Junius

Franciscus Junius (1545–1602) used to be an influential pastor and professor in the course of the developmental years of Reformed orthodoxy. As a talented linguist, biblical exegete, and theologian, Junius formed the Reformed culture in profound ways.

Junius’s 'Treatise on actual Theology' is a scholastic advent to the self-discipline of theology. He displays at the definition of theology, the place it comes from, and the diversity of modes it takes. This ebook set an enduring development for plenty of Reformed theologians of their method of dogmatics, developing a benchmark for theological prolegomena for future years. Accompanying this paintings is The lifetime of Franciscus Junius, which supplies an autobiographical account of the tumultuous days of Junius’s existence and the advanced conditions that the Reformed church buildings confronted throughout the French and Spanish wars of religion.

Although Junius’s value within the background of Protestant theology is more and more valued via historians, such a lot of his notable physique of works isn't really to be had to English-speaking readers. David C. Noe’s fantastic translation of those very important writings will surely rectify this deficit. Readers are extra aided through Willem van Asselt’s worthy introductory essay, which bargains a scholarly standpoint at the treatise and on Junius’s existence and paintings within the context of the increase of Reformed scholasticism and orthodoxy.


Franciscus Junius (1545–1602) taught theology on the Casimirianum Neustadt, the collage of Heidelberg, and the collage of Leiden.

“Lambert Daneau (1530–1595) defined Franciscus Junius as ‘a guy of singular learning’—and that he used to be. His biblical scholarship was once mentioned generally by means of writers from various traditions within the 16th and 17th centuries. His effect at the Reformed culture has been profound, no matter if now not all Reformed folks comprehend it. Now, English readers may be capable of see for themselves why that was once. This paintings, with Willem van Asselt’s advent and Junius’s relocating and pleasant autobiography, is a most useful resource for the continued restoration of the Reformed culture and a window into the theology and piety of vintage Reformed theology.” — R. Scott Clark, professor of church historical past and historic theology, Westminster Seminary California

“The current quantity is an important attempt on numerous counts. It offers a useful and hugely influential paintings to modern scholars of Reformed suggestion. It bargains the 1st English translation of Junius’s autobiography, a piece released posthumously within the seventeenth-century variation of Junius’s entire works. It additionally offers,by means of the advent, a viewpoint at the treatise and on Junius’s lifestyles and paintings within the context of the increase of Reformed scholasticism and orthodoxy.” — Richard A. Muller, from the foreword

“'True Theology' is a superb instance that early smooth Reformed theology was once no longer a rationalistic, deterministic, or decreetal process, yet particularly a relational company, made up our minds by way of and determinative of the divine–human relationship.The vital function Junius performed in assisting form this Reformed culture and the importance of his 'True Theology' for the improvement of Reformed dogmatics can't be overestimated.” — Willem J. van Asselt, from the introduction

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