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Dialogue and Disputation in the Zurich Reformation: Utz Eckstein’s «Concilium» and «Rychsztag»

Edition, Translation and Study

Nigel Harris and Joel, Rev. Love

This volume contains the first modern critical editions of Concilium (1525) and Rychsztag (1526), two vernacular verse dialogues by the Zurich-based Zwinglian author Utz Eckstein, together with translations of both into English prose. These works are of interest not just for their literary qualities (which differ markedly from those conventionally associated with ‘Reformation dialogues’), but also because of what they reveal about Zwingli’s theological and socio-political priorities in the mid-1520s. Along with many other aspects of the contemporary Swiss context, these features are examined in an introduction and in extensive elucidatory notes. An underlying thread of the authors’ interpretation is that, for all their evident desire to express and establish Evangelical perspectives, the Concilium and Rychsztag make imaginative and constructive use of specifically Swiss traditions of dialogue, which were expressed, for example, both in the consultative decision-making processes of rural communities and in the increasingly influential procedures of the formalized urban disputation.

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Note: the references to the parallel texts of the ‘Concilium’ and ‘Rychsztag’ are made to the English translations Abiram 379 Abraham 139, 141, 207, 219 (n. 338), 253, 255, 293, 367 (n. 43), 383 Absalom 379, 411 Adam 19, 22–4, 39, 49 (n. 83), 77, 171, 317 Agag 385 Ahab 401 Alexander the Great 319 Alger of Liège 229 (n. 360) Ambrose of Milan, St 183, 201 (n. 2) Anabaptists 31–2, 257, 277 Antichrist 24 (n. 45), 41, 83, 155, 193 Antioch 59, 161 Antony of the Desert, St 44, 129, 133, 135 Apiarius, Matthias 11 (n. 8), 55 Appenzell (Canton) 29 Augsburg 30, 155 (n. 212) Augustine of Hippo, St 183, 201 (n. 295) Baal 25 (n. 47), 403 (n. 127), 463 Babylon 267, 383, 415, 449, 463 Baden (an der Limmat) 26, 28, 30, 54, 65 (n. 6, 8), 89, 91, 95, 97, 125, 199 Balaam’s ass 13, 52–3, 417 (n. 165), 421–7 Barbara, St 127, 131 Basle 17, 26, 29, 37, 55, 127 (n. 166–7), 251, 423 (n. 165) Bathsheba 405 Beatus, St 131 Berne 10, 20, 29, 37, 55, 87 (n. 82), 145, 199 (n. 290) Bethany 245 biblicism (the Schriftprinzip) 37–9, 45, 61–2, 67, 71–7, 87, 91, 95, 97, 101, 103, 111, 113, 121, 155, 175, 211, 231, 249, 267, 341, 357, 363, 391, 395, 403, 411, 429, 431, 455 Blaarer, Diethelm 15 Blaise, St 85 Brant, Sebastian 50, 53, 67 (n. 9) Bremgarten 65 (n....

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