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Signs of God's Promise Thomas Cranmer's Sacramental Theology and the Book of Common Prayer by Gordon P. Jeanes

Signs of God's Promise Thomas Cranmer's Sacramental Theology and the Book of Common Prayer


Signs of God's Promise Thomas Cranmer's Sacramental Theology and the Book of Common Prayer by Gordon P. Jeanes

This title presents a detailed study of the development of Thomas Cranmer's theology of the Eucharist in context of his sacramental theology and the reform of the liturgy.The development of Thomas Cranmer's theology of the Eucharist has often been studied and debated. This book places that development in the context of his sacramental theology and overall policy towards the reform of the liturgy. The first part of the book describes the traditional practice and perceptions of the Eucharist and Baptism (a somewhat different picture from that presented e.g. by Duffy's Stripping of the Altars). It then follows the evidence for liturgical reform and the development in Cranmer's thought through the reign of Henry VIII and the beginning of Edward VI's reign leading up to the two Prayer Books.Detailed examination of the 1549 Prayer Book confirms scholarly consensus that its theological standpoint is identical to that of 1552, the fullest and clearest liturgical expression of Cranmer's standpoint; however there are sections in it which (along with the Order of Communion of 1548) suggest the influence of a less radical sacramental and Eucharistic theology. It is suggested that the 1549 Prayer Book was originally drafted as a liturgy to accompany the King's Book of 1543 but was hurriedly changed as Cranmer's thought developed through 1548.


Signs of God's Promise is... a resource that can be consulted with benefit by those interested in which texts are important for an understanding of Cranmer's sacramentology. Jeanes has provided readers with an authoritative outline of the key documents. After directing our attention to those key sources, he constructs the documentary development of Cranmer's thought and liturgies. James R. A. Merrick, Ecclesia Reformanda, November 2009. Mention --Book News, November 2008 A feast of insights, from which not only past controversies, but contemporary issues may be better understood. - Charles Sherlock Secretary of the Liturgy Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia in Journal of Anglican Studies Vol 7.2 Nov 2009 Gordon Jeanes has provided us with a significant addition to the existing scholarship on Thomas Cranmer and the history of liturgical development in the early days of the Church of England. ... This book offers a substantial and helpful contribution to historical and liturgical scholarship. Verbum et Ecclesia, 2009. This thoroughly researched work is a welcome addition to the history of theology and of the English Reformation....This work makes a very important contribution to our understanding of Cranmer's theology, of its place in Reformation theology, and of its historical influence on English and Anglican theology. It will be an important resource for scholars and students of theology and Christian history. - Anglican and Episcopal History Mention -Book News, November 2008 Mention Book News, November 2008 This is a delightful book and important book, beautifully written and carefully argued. There is no doubt that it will serve Cranmer studies and English liturgical studies for a long time to come. We are indebted to Gordon James for that providential decision to write in depth on Cranmer. Anaphora, December 2009 Gordon Jeanes addresses the question in a work of detailed scholarship, referenced with a breadth of reading worthy of Cranmer himself.

Jeanes has made a persuasive case, which must be taken into account by futures writers on the subject 17 October 2008--Sanford Lakoff Church Times

Gordon Jeanes is a scholar of exemplary originality and this project breaks new ground. This has the potential to be an extremely valuable study, parallel and complementary to the excellent work which Ashley Null has published on Cranmer's soteriology, --Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

Revd Gordon Jeanes is an Anglican priest and has written on many aspects of worship. He was formerly Geoffrey Cuming Fellow in Liturgy in the University of Durham and Lecturer in Church History in the University of Wales, Cardiff. His former publications include The Origins of the Roman Rite (1991) and Cranmer and Common Prayer in the Oxford Guide to the BCP (2006).

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Publication date

12th June 2008


Gordon P. Jeanes

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


288 pages


Christian theology
Christian liturgy, prayerbooks & hymnals



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