By Owen Chadwick
Chadwick bargains a clean examine the early life of the eu Reformation and the origins of Protestant religion and perform. He arranges his fabric thematically, tracing the origins and improvement of every subject through the background of the western Church and supplying an authoritative, available, and informative account.
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That will cast a doubt on the authority of the Bible. They tell us that housewives, artisans, labourers, ought to read the Bible for themselves. But no one says, you cannot be saved unless you know the Bible. What people need can be just the Lord’s Prayer, and the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, and otherwise the rules of the Church. If we tell everyone they must know all the Bible we tell them to do something impossible for them. And to throw the Bible at them has danger—what will they think of God in the Old Testament when they find Judah and the prostitute, and bigamous patriarchs, and bulls and goats in bloody sacrifices, and the four evangelists disagreeing?
A Franciscan from the age of fifteen, he was sent by his community to study at the university of Tübingen. On a journey he met a learned Jewish convert to Christianity, who told him how he had attended a debate between Christians and Jews where the Jews won easily because they knew the Old Testament and the Christians did not. Pellican determined to learn Hebrew. He had no grammar and no one to teach him and could find no Jew to help. His superior brought from Mainz a very heavy manuscript of the prophets of the Old Testament, then he learnt the alphabet from a fragment of Jewish poetry, then he went right through the Old Testament trying to understand the Hebrew text with the aid of Jerome’s Latin translation.
But the humanists were after all academics. Mosellanus was such a one, not quite sure what the future held. His career was unparalleled as an example of the rustic boy who turned into one of the leading scholars of the age. A choirboy in Trier cathedral, he attended a course at Cologne and learnt Greek; went to teach in a secondary school and then at the age of twenty matriculated in the university of Leipzig, where the professor of Greek was Richard Croke, the famous Englishman who later taught Greek to King Henry VIII.