Zwingliana : Beiträge zur Geschichte Zwinglis, der Reformation und des Protestantismus in der Schweiz publishes articles on the history of Protestantism in Switzerland and its influence. Zwingliana: Beiträge zur Geschichte des Protestantismus in der Schweiz und seiner Ausstrahlung was founded in 1897 as a academic journal and at the same time a journal for the members of the Zwingli Society (Zwingliverein). The journal is sponsored by the Zwingliverein in conjunction with the Swiss Reformation Studies Institute at the University of Zurich. Zwingliana provides free electronic access to its issues with a three year delay.


The Globethics library contains articles of Zwingliana as of vol. 1(1897) to current (3 years embargo).

Recent Submissions

  • Wie eine 1608 wegen Blasphemie verhängte Exekution das eidgenössische Bündnis auf den Prüfstand stellte: Todeswürdiges Verschulden oder fataler Justizirrtum aufgrund religiöser Voreingenommenheit?

    Schiendorfer, Max (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-12-20)
    In September 1608, Martin Duvoysin, a reformed citizen of Basel, was accused of blasphemous speech in Sursee, Lucerne, and sentenced to death by beheading and cremation. Three Bernese who happened to be passing through witnessed the pronouncement of sentence and the execution which took place immediately afterwards. They were convinced that this sentence was not free of confessional resentment and that Martin Duvoysin had fallen innocently into the clutches of Sursee’s arbitrary justice. This assessment of the incident was made public by their spokesman Gabriel Hermann in two pamphlets, both of which were reprinted several times and caused a great uproar. The Basel church leader Johann Jakob Grynäus was also deeply convinced of Duvoysin’s innocence, which he expressed in a sermon that was also published in print. The grave accusation of judicial murder that circulated widely as a result of these writings forced the Sursee and Lucerne authorities to vehemently counter the accusation, which initially led to a months-long exchange of blows with the Basel and Bern councillors through diplomatic chan-nels, before Lucerne also had its justifications and counterattacks spread in several printed publications. The danger of a further escalation to the point of a full-blown quarrel between the two confessions was certainly in the air, and a Swiss Confederation divided into two camps would have had to worry seriously about its independence. It took the arbitration of the allies, who were not involved in the conflict, at the «gemeine Tagsatzung» of June 1609 to avert the threatening scenario just in time.
  • Titelblatt, Impressum, Inhalt

    N.N. (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-12-20)
  • In der «Schule göttlicher Weisheit»: Zu Heinrich Bullingers Horizontbestimmung der biblischen Exegese

    Baschera, Luca (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-12-20)
    Bullinger uses the term philosophia Christi in the prefaces to his Commentary on 1 John and the collected edition of his commentaries on the New Testament epistles to describe what his readers should expect to learn from the Bible. This article first explores Bullinger’s use of the term ‘philosophy of Christ’ in the corpus of his commentaries. Next, it sketches the development of the term from its origin in the patristic period up to the time of Dutch humanist Erasmus in the early modern period. A consideration of the multifaceted influence Erasmus and his understanding of philosophia Christi exerted on Bullinger and, more broadly, on the Zurich Reformed milieu concludes the discussion.
  • 126. Jahresbericht des Zwinglivereins über das Jahr 2022

    N.N. (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-12-20)
    No abstract available.
  • Reinhard Bodenmann et al. (Hg.), Heinrich Bullinger. Briefwechsel, Bd. 20, 2022

    Nelson Burnett, Amy (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-12-20)
    No abstract available.
  • Konrad Schmids Predigt von 1522 in Luzern: Ein früher Schlüsseltext der eidgenössischen Reformation

    Hänni, Beat; Jörg, Ruth (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-12-20)
    The sermon by Konrad Schmid held on 24 March 1522 on the occasion of the procession to the Musegg in Lucerne in front of several thousand listeners, is the oldest printed sermon of the Swiss Reformation. It was printed by its preacher himself. It appears here in a slightly normalized copy with a translation into today’s German and a theological historical classification. Schmid was attacked by Lucerne clergy and defends himself in this pamphlet Antwurt and tries to continue the conversation about the new faith in Lucerne. The sermon expresses the findings of the Zurich Reformation in a concise and committed manner. It provides insights into the early Reformation preaching culture in Switzerland and testifies to Schmid’s great homiletic skills and to his artful language. At the Musegg – 15 days after the sausage dinner in Zurich – Schmid brought up many topics that became important for Reformed theology and the church. Schmid tries to gain the hearts of the listeners and, despite his partly revolutionary message, builds bridges to them. The sermon proves to be an often forgotten early key text of the Swiss Reformation.
  • Schweizerische Drucke in den bürgerlichen frühneuzeitlichen Privatbibliotheken in den Prager Städten

    Fejtová, Olga; Pešek, Jiří (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-12-20)
    Based on an analysis of the probate inventories of the burghers of the New Town of Prague in the 17th century, the paper identifies religious and secular literature produced by Swiss printers in Prague burgher private libraries and examines its occurrence in the context of the development of a multi-confessional society in Bohemia before the Thirty Years’ War and subsequently in the phase of the recatholization policy towards a mono-confessional Catholic society. The prints of Swiss printers are analysed in the context of their contemporary offer on the Central European book market in Frankfurt a. M., which was mainly imported to Prague by Nuremberg merchants, and also in the context of the local Prague market, which offered titles by Swiss authors in translation. The reception of Swiss printed literature in the Prague towns is compared with the situation in one of the typical royal towns in Bohemia. The role of the Unity of Brothers in the reception of the production of Swiss printers is also taken into account.
  • Christian Link, Die Theologie Calvins im Rahmen der europäischen Reformation, 2021

    d’Assonville, Victor E. (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-12-20)
    No abstract available.
  • Personenregister

    N.N. (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-12-20)
    No abstract available.
  • Peter Niederhäuser, Eine Stadt im Wandel: Winterthur und die Reformation, 2020

    Christ-von Wedel, Christine (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-12-20)
    No abstract available.
  • Donald K. McKim / Jim West, Heinrich Bullinger: An Introduction to His Life and Theology, 2022

    Brunner, Benedikt (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-12-20)
    No abstract available.
  • 125 Jahre Zwingliverein: Eine «freie Vereinigung von Männern» – Zur Vorgeschichte und Gründungsmotivation des Zwinglivereins von 1872–1897

    Grieder, Monika (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-06-19)
    The Zwingli Association celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. In 1897, the founding fathers of the association explicitly referred to a Zwingli exhibition in January 1884 on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Huldrych Zwingli’s birthday. However, the dedication of a Zwingli monument was planned for this date. But this ceremony did not take place until 1885, one and a half years later than originally intended. This article explores the question of how the Zwingli monument and its genesis are connected to the Zwingli exhibition of 1884. Which circles and their specific national or ecclesiastical-theological interests were involved in the process of finding the monument? Special attention is paid to the process of choosing between the Zwingli models made by the sculptors Ferdinand Schlöth and Heinrich Natter in the “Concours.” How come today Zurich is a “weighted Zwingli,” as Alexander Schweizer expressed his disappointment at the selection process? The Zwingli monument and its possible theological-historical impact are also discussed. The book concludes with a look at the Zwingli museum of 1897, from which today’s Zwingli Association has evolved.
  • Mit Liebe und Sanftmut eines Besseren belehren: Die lange Reformation als anhaltende Krise der Autorität

    Berger-Gehringer, Andreas (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-06-19)
    This article examines the conflict between Antoine Lescaille and the two pastors Léonard Constant and Jacques Couet of the French church of Basel. In 1590, Lescaille criticized the pastors’ teachings on the doctrine of justification. He expected to be properly instructed on his alleged errors and mistakes subsequently, however, the pastors insisted that as a layman he could not truly understand the complexity of the subject to begin with. Rather than exhaustively explain the theological doctrine of the Justification, the pastors approached Lescaille with «love and humility,» hoping this would help restore his trust in the French church and the pastors’ teachings. By examining this conflict and the French church’s strategies to handle Lescaille, this article illuminates how the long Reformation was driven by a clerical institutionalization of the Protestant church by the end of the 16th century, and how the long Reformation must be understood as an ongoing crisis of authority.
  • Der Gelehrte, der Schüler und ein Gimpelpaar: Ein vergessener griechischer Brief von Conrad Gessner an Johannes Pontisella III.

    Bernhard, Jan-Andrea; Müller, Clemens (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-06-19)
    In the collection of funeral poems (epicedia) for Conrad Gessner published by Josias Simler in 1566 along with a biography of the deceased, two distichs stand out. They were penned by then 14-year-old Johannes Pontisella; one in Latin, one in Greek. An inconspicuous letter draft from Gessner to 12-year-old Pontisella in manuscript ZBZ Ms C 50a has recently been discovered to further document the relationship between Gessner and young Pontisella. This essay outlines the biography of Johannes Pontisella III. (1552–1622) and his family, who originated in the Val Bregaglia. It illustrates the friendship between Johannes Pontisella II. (ca. 1510–1574) and Gessner, which was based, among other things, on their common interest in botanical and zoological matters, as well as the relationship of Pontisella III. with Zurich’s scholarly society. It furthermore discusses the tradition of humanist Greek funeral poetry (epicedia) and epistolography of the time in general and for Gessner in particular, analyzing his letter to Pontisella III. on a linguistic level and within the context of education in the 16th-century Grisons. The description of “mountain bullfinches” in Gessner’s letter is discussed in the context of his ornithological studies. A bilingual, annotated edition of Pontisella’s epicedia and Gessner’s letter draft concludes the essay.
  • Jon D. Wood, Reforming Priesthood in Reformation Zurich, 2019

    Csukás, Gergely (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-06-19)
    No abstract available.
  • Urs B. Leu / Sandra Weidmann, Huldrych Zwingli’s Private Library, 2019

    Berger-Gehringer, Andreas (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-06-19)
    No abstract available.
  • Titelblatt, Impressum, Inhalt

    N.N. (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2023-06-19)
    No abstract available

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