Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism: Sources, History, and Theology
Bierma, Lyle D.
"The translations into English of Ursinus's Larger and Smaller Catechisms are a valuable contribution to the field of Reformation studies. . . . This introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism is an outstanding compilation. It provides its readers with a background to the HC and complements other existing works on the same topic. It is written in a style that would allow it to be used as a textbook for colleges and seminaries in the years to come."See All
Sixteenth Century Journal
"Have you understood that Casper Olevianus and Zacharius Ursinus wrote the Heidelberg Catechism? If so, this is a book you need to read. . . . [The] bibliography could be of great service to those who want to do modern research. If you preach out of the Heidelberg Catechism, if you study the Heidelberg Catechism, if you for any reason are interested in the Heidelberg Catechism, this book is an indispensable tool for you to own."See All
J. Peter Vosteen
"This multifaceted volume contains invaluable resources for understanding the Heidelberg Catechism. The various authors make distinctive contributions toward understanding the background and theology of the catechism with the centerpiece being the translations of Ursinus's two catechisms, which provide fascinating parallels to the Heidelberg Catechism itself. Anyone interested in the Heidelberg Catechism will have their understanding and appreciation enriched by these studies."See All
I. John Hesselink
Albertus Van Raalte Professor of Theology, emeritus, Western Theological Seminary
"An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism is a valuable addition to studies on the magisterial catechism ratified at Heidelberg. First, it summarizes and updates scholarly research on the purpose and authorship of the catechism. Second, it breaks new ground on the historical origins and the theological sources and orientation of the catechism. Third, it offers a helpful summary and bibliography of the early editions and translations of the catechism as well as a thorough bibliography of studies on the catechism since 1900. Finally, and most importantly, it provides the first English translations of Zacharias Ursinus's Smaller Catechism and Larger Catechism, from which so much of the Heidelberg Catechism was drawn."See All
Joel R. Beeke
President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
"This valuable book provides a fresh examination of the Heidelberg Catechism, and of the German Reformation which was its setting and gave it birth. . . . An indispensable research tool."See All
This work examines key aspects of the development of the Heidelberg Catechism, including historical background, socio-political origins, purpose, authorship, sources, and theology. The book includes the first ever English translations of two major sources of the Heidelberg Catechism - Ursinus's Smaller and Larger Catechisms - and a bibliography of research on the document since 1900. Students of the Reformed tradition and the Protestant Reformation will value this resource.