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Oxford Treatise and Disputation on the Eucharist, 1549

Edited by Joseph C. McLelland

Oxford Treatise and Disputation on the Eucharist, 1549
Hardback, 306 pages £18.00
Published: 2000
ISBN: 9780943549897
Format: 228mm x 150mm
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Subjects: Philosophy and Religion, The Davenant Institute
Series: Peter Martyr Library

Among the most polemical of Martyr’s works, the texts presented here are part of the turbulent period in England during the times of Edward VI and Archbishop Cranmer. Along with his account of the Disputation, Martyr published a Treatise that provides systematic treatment of the arguments, biblical and patristic in source, with transubstantiation the target. There is a wealth of information about the state of the realm, the choice of patristic authorities, the nature of Martyr’s objections to the traditional doctrine, and his proposed alternative.

Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562) is considered to be one of the most important Italian reformers of the early modern period. Martyr is the subject of renewed interest for historical and theological scholars. The Peter Martyr Library, a series of critical English translations of the chief works of Peter Martyr Vermigli, allows his own words in context to speak for themselves.

Abbreviations Used in This Volume

General Editors’ Preface

Translator’s Preface

Translator’s Introduction

Part One: Treatise on the Sacrament of the Eucharist

Peter Martyr’s Prefaces

Treatise on the Sacrament of the Eucharist


Arguments for Transubstantiation

Arguments against Transubstantiation

Patristic Evidence

Refutation of Arguments for Transubstantiation

Rules for Patristics

Analysis of the Patristic Evidence

Alternatives to Transubstantiation

The Lutheran Teaching

The Zwinglian Teaching


Part Two: A Disputation on the Sacrament of the Eucharist

Letter from the Royal Legates

Questions Proposed For Discussion

First Day

     (A) Chancellor Cox

     (B) Peter Martyr’s Preface

     (C) Prayer

     (D) William Tresham’s Address

     (E) The Disputation Begins

     (F) Second Question

Second Day

     (A) Dr. Peter Martyr

     (B) Preface of William Chedsey

     (C) Peter Martyr vs. William Chedsey

     (D) Second Question

     (E) Nicholas Cartwright vs. William Chedsey

     (F) Peter Martyr vs. William Chedsey

Third Day

     (A) Peter Martyr vs. Philip Morgan

     (B) Peter Martyr vs. Tresham

     (C) Peter Martyr vs. Philip Morgan

     (D) Peter Martyr vs. William Tresham.

Fourth Day

     (A) Preface of William Chedsey

     (B) Preface and Prayer of Peter Martyr

     (C) Peter Martyr vs. William Chedsey: Confirmation of the First Question

     (D) Confirmation of the Second Question

     (E) Second Question Resumed

     (F) Summation by Chancellor Cox

The translation by Joseph C. McLelland is excellent. He has achieved a moderately “aureate” translation that conveys the sense of the original text more sentence by sentence than word by word.
Sixteenth Century Journal

This volume contains a helpful introduction by the translator which sets Vermigli’s work in its historical context, introducing readers to Vermigli’s opponents and also to his eucharistic theology as such. The work also includes a Scripture index, an index of names, including classical and patristic references, and a general subject index. All in all, this handsome book bears all the marks of a well-executed project.
Mid-America Journal of Theology

A further volume of the admirable Peter Martyr Library continues the task of making this unjustly neglected central figure of  the Reformation accessible to modern readers.
Journal of Theological Studies

Joseph C. McLelland is emeritus professor of McGill University and of The Presbyterian College, Montreal, and general editor of the Peter Martyr Library. His writings in philosophy and theology include The Visible Words of God: The Sacramental Theology of Peter Martyr Vermigli (1957) and The Life, Early Letters and Eucharistic Writings of Peter Martyr (with G. E. Duffield; 1989).

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 306 pages
 228mm x 150mm

BIC Code:
  HIS037020, REL006000, REL067000, REL108020
 Davenant Institute


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