Emanuel Contac

Bukarest, Rumänien

During my research term at the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek in Emden I will analyze in detail the Reformed features of the first Romanian translation of the NT, published in 1648 in Bălgrad (modern-day Alba Iulia in Transylvania).

Although the long prefaces of the 1648 NT contain numerous common places borrowed from Reformed authors, they have gone largely unnoticed by Romanian scholarship. In order to trace the origin of such ideas, I will take a closer look at the biblical and theological output of Calvin, Beza and other Reformed writers. I will thus be able to discern the extent to which their thought percolated the intellectual and religious milieu of 17th century Transylvania.