Published Essay in Banner of Truth

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!


Cipriano de Valera: Zeal for Salvation of His Countrymen

cipriano-de-valeraCipriano de Valera is not a name often recognized today, but he was a monumental figure for the number of Protestants exiled from from their native Spain under the Inquisition. In 1597 he translated Calvin’s Institutes into Spanish. In his preface his concluded with this exhortation:

“Therefore, open your eyes, O Spaniards, and forsaking those who deceive you, obey Christ and His word which alone is firm and unchangeable for ever. Establish and found your faith on the true foundation of the Prophets and Apostles and sole Head of His church.”

“Abrid, pues, los ojos oh Españoles, i dejando á los que os engañan, obedezed á Cristo i á su palabra, la cual sola es firme i inmudable para siempre. Estribad i fundad vuestra fé sobre el verdadero fundamento de los Profetas i Apóstoles, i la sola Cabeza de su Iglesia.”

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