When most of us think about the great Reformed theologians we probably think of John Calvin. Perhaps we think of John Owen, and Charles Hodge. If we think a little harder we might think of Zacharias Ursinus, who gave us the Heidelberg Catechism or William Perkins, the father of English Reformed theology, piety, and practice. There is, however, an unexplored world of Reformed theology in the sixteenth century: The Italian Reformed theologians. You might be familiar with Francis Turretin (his family name was Turretini) from 17th century Geneva, but there was also a great Italian Reformed theologian in Zürich, Peter Martyr Vermigli. There was one another great Italian Reformed theologian: Girolamo or Jerome Zanchi (1516–90). Girolamo Zanchi was an important Reformed theologian in a couple of settings in the 16th century, including Heidelberg, but he has been neglected because little of his work is translated into English. We know him English mainly for a translation of his defense of predestination, which appeared during the controversy between George Whitefield and John Wesley over predestination. Zanchi was at the center of other controversies but was known for his gentle spirit. We are thinking about Zanchi this month on Office Hours because Patrick O’Banion, who graduated from WSC in 2002 with an MA in Historical Theology, is about to publish in November 2021, a new translation of Zanchi’s book, The Spiritual Marriage between Christ and His Church and Every One of the Faithful. Patrick was professor of History at Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO) 2009–19. He has also published 3 books on early Modern Spain and numerous articles in academic journals.
He was ordained as a ruling elder in the PCA in 2008 and he is now licensed to preach by the Siouxlands Presbytery, PCA.
- The Office Hours Podcast Since 2009
- Subscribe to Office Hours in Apple Podcasts or directly here or in any podcast app.
- If you benefit from Office Hours, please take a moment to leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts so that others will find it and benefit too.
- Thanks for listening!
- How To Subscribe To Heidelmedia
- The Heidelblog Resource Page
- How to support Heidelmedia: use the donate button below this post.
- Heidelmedia Resources
- The Ecumenical Creeds
- The Reformed Confessions
- Recovering the Reformed Confession (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2008).
- Lucca: Cradle Of The Reformation
- Which Classic Reformed Works To Read In English?
- John L. Farthing, “Patristics, Exegesis, and the Eucharist in the Theology of Girolamo Zanchi,” in Carl R. Trueman and R. Scott Clark, eds. Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment.