Edition of the Acts of the Synod of Dordt 1618/19 to be published under the banner of Reformation500
I’m delighted to be part of this exciting new project as an editor, and will be working especially on the Hales-Balcanquahall letters, which give us a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of the Synod. Here is the official press release about the new undertaking, which has just been made public at http://www.refo500.nl/en/news/view/454/edition-of-the-acts-of-synod-of-dordt-1618-19-under-the-banner-of-refo500.html:
Refo500-partner, the Johannes a Lasco Library in Emden has inititiated the critical edition of the Acts of the Synod of Dordrecht. This influential Synod, held in 1618/19, in the presence of representatives from various Reformed churches and universities throughout Europe, was of fundamental importance for the further development of the Reformed tradition. Religious education, spiritual discipline, and church governance were some of the themes emphasized by the synod in addition to an intense debate over the doctrine of election.
It is remarkable that so far the acts of this synod have not been available in a critical edition. Therefore the initiative of the Johannes a Lasco Library is of special significance for the academic community as well as for the church. The publication will be produced under the banner of Refo500 in cooperation with other Refo500 partners in the Netherlands and Switzerland, most notably with Theological University Apeldoorn, the Remonstrants, the city of Dordrecht, the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and the Swiss Institute for Reformation History at the University of Zürich. The Dutch Huygens ING (Institute for Dutch History) will also be partnering in this project, as well as various editors and academics from Europe and North America.
The city of Dordrecht is pleased to be partner in this edition also and is already preparing for the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordrecht in 2018. A number of exhibitions are expected and an extensive program for a wider audience. According to Ineke Middag, Dordrecht is open to a variety of initiatives related to this anniversary especially if these deal with theater, music, art, and literature.
Dr. Marius van Lange Ravenswaay, co-director of the library in Emden, emphasized during the press conference the generous assistance to the project given by the publisher of the edition, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht from Göttingen. “This fits well for a publisher with Dutch roots.” The plan is that the Acts, comprising 12 volumes, will be completed by 2018, in time for the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordrecht. Herman Selderhuis, academic curator of the Johannes a Lasco Library and director of Refo500, is impressed by the expertise and the enthusiasm of partners and editors. “With this project, The Johannes a Lasco Library demonstrates itself to be a center for research on the Reformed tradition, and Refo500 as the network that makes the unexpected possible,” said Selderhuis.
Image: Synod of Dordrecht, Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, Netherlands.