The People’s Book: The Reformation and the Bible is written by various Biblical Scholars and edited by Jenifer Powell McNutt and David Lauber. This edited volume published by IVP Academic is part of a slew of works concerning Martin Luther and the Reformation. If you were not aware the year 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Now many of these works focus solely on Martin Luther and for good reason, some others are biographies, The People’s Book is a collection of essays which are edited from talks given at Wheaton’s Theology Conference in 2016.
These essays come from a breath of scholarly Christendom such as Lutheranism, Reformed, Anglicanism, Catholic, ect. on how the reformation either formed or was affected by the reformation and how those traditions interact with scripture. Each of these scholars bring a unique position to this work making it well rounded yet ground moving book.
With regard to the content of this anthology of essays, this volume is broken down into four distinct yet interconnected areas. These parts are access and readership, transmission and worship, protestant-catholic dialogue, the peoples book yesterday and today. While each of these twelve essays are insightful, scholarly, and interacting with modern scholarship, even better they are no overwhelming or excessively dry, instead they bring out the vividness of this important historical period. There are two essays in particular which standout among all others. They are “John Calvin’s Commentary on the council of Trent” by Michael Horton of Westminster Seminary California and “Reading the Reformers after Newman” by Carl Truman of Westminster Theological Seminary.
In summary The People’s book is a well researched, highly documented, yet readable volume of edited essays on a timely subject which is applicable to all believers. While this volume is primarily helpful to scholars, pastors, seminary students, Bible teachers, and Bible students, the laymen will also find some of the essays helpful for their Christian walk. Therefore I highly recommend this volume with the aforementioned caveat as well as the idea that some of the opinions may differ from the views held by this reviewer but remain in orthodox Christianity.
The People’s Book: The Reformation and the Bible
© 2017 edited by Jenifer Powell McNutt and David Lauber
Page Count: 250 Pages
Publishers Website: http://bhpublishinggroup.com