Coming in January 2010: Caspar Olevianus-Exposition of the Apostles' Creed

This is volume in the series, Classic Reformed Theology. This is Caspar Olevianus’ 1567 explanation of the Apostles’  Creed. This is the first -ever modern, English translation. Robert Letham says about this volume,

“Caspar Olevianus is a significant theologian and his exposition of the creed places him firmly in the great tradition of the church. Pre-eminent authorities on Olevianus, Clark and Bierma have combined to provide a wider readership access to this important source of our Reformed heritage. Clark’s detailed biographical introduction effectively sets the work in context, while Bierma’s excellent and readable translation is a welcome addition to the corpus of classic Reformed texts available in English.”

Caspar Oleviaus (1536–1587) is most known today for his role as one of the authors of the Heidelberg Catechism. He was also an able biblical commentator, passionate preacher, and influential churchman. His place in history is noted as a key transitional theologian, helping to bridge the gap between the first generation of the Reformation and the era of Reformed Orthodoxy.

Olevianus’s Exposition of the Apostles’ Creed is a collection of sermons he preached on the basic articles of the Christian faith. It serves as a reminder that the Reformed tradition did not see itself as separate from the universal church, though it was principally opposed to Rome. Rather, Olevianus and his tradition argue for a Reformed catholicity rooted in the ancient confession of the church.

This new translation by Lyle D. Bierma, along with R. Scott Clark’s historical introduction, will benefit both scholarly and general readers. Charged with federal language, An Exposition explains the Christian faith as the believer’s fellowship with God in the covenant of grace. Thus, it is significant for its contribution to the development of Reformed covenantal theology. In addition to exhibiting its historical value within the Reformed tradition, readers will be “directed,” as Olevianus had intended, “toward edification in true and sound piety.”

This volume will be available in January, 2010.  Click on the icon to pre-order.

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    R.Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

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18 comments

  1. Will I get it?

    Absolutely…done deal…no brainer for me.

    I look forward to getting my hands on it.

    The first book in this series was fantastic and useful and this one looks to be just as edifying and useful!

  2. This is great. Use this in conjunction with the relevant questions in the Heidelberg Catechism and Ursinus’ commentary on the same and you’ve got yourself plenty upon plenty of material to teach through the Apostles’ Creed in a Sunday School setting. Awesome church plant stuff! (And for older congregations too!) I love it when I find another wheel I don’t have to reinvent someday.

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