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An essay I wrote on Cipriano de Valera, a 16th-century Spanish Protestant, has been published by Banner of Truth (Feb. 2015). I begin:

“The common consensus over several generations, if not centuries, has been that the Reformation of the sixteenth-century entirely bypassed the nation of Spain. While there is no doubt to its slow progress and quick demise, a Protestant movement did occur in Spain. One key figure was Cipriano de Valera (c. 1532–1602), most known for his revision of the Spanish Bible that is still the dominant Spanish Protestant Bible in use today. While we have little knowledge of Valera’s personal life, we do gain a sense of the man through his writings. In all, there are about seven published works, which mostly include translations of others’ work, original prefaces and adaptations of various tracts. By examining two of his works—his tract on the papacy and the mass and his preface to the translation of Calvin’s Institutes—I will highlight this largely forgotten Spanish Protestant and draw attention to his evangelistic love for his countrymen.”

You can read it here. Enjoy!

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