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The Purpose of This Page
The purpose of putting the same Latin and English works side-by-side is to two-fold: (1) to be able to easily check the Latin behind English translations, and (2) to assist in translating Post-Reformation Latin works into English, in order to seek to find ideal English translations of Latin words, phrases and ideas.
Through the works on this page one can view how Latin terms of the Post-Reformation era were being translated into English in their own day. Sometimes authors translated their own Latin works into English themselves, showing what they intended by their own words. One can also see through modern translations of old Latin works how scholars of our own day are translating latin terms, phrases and ideas. This can help, hopefully, in seeking to establish more standard, contemporary translations of Latin terms into English across publications.
Works are listed below by the dates of the author, and then by dates of the works.
English editions done by EEBO-TCP, hosted at Oxford, have been linked where available as they are easier to search. Often other editions of both the English and Latin are available at PRDL (we have tried to pair English and Latin editions below based on a bit of common sense for the purpose, when possible). Note that one can search within a book easily at Google Books on the left-hand side. Internet Archive provides an HTML text edition of almost every one of their works, which can be easily searched, though the OCR created text from the original 1600’s old English font is often not very accurate, unless a post-1800’s edition exists.
2nd Helvetic Confession 1566 at CCEL, unknown source. This edition is very similar to, but not exactly the same as in ed. Peter Hall, The Harmony of Protestant Confessions… (London, 1842) ToC The difficulty with Hall is that the chapters of this confession are interspersed with other confessions on the same topic, giving a harmony of the confessions. The Hall edition is collated into one segment and reproduced in ed. Dennison, Jr., Reformed Confessions (RHB), vol. 2, p. 809 ff.
Confessio Helvetica Posterior in Philip Schaff, Creeds of Christendom… (NY, 1877), vol. 3, p. 233 ff. Schaff does not provide an English translation.
The Canons of Dort at PRTS, unknown translation date. Schaff only offers an abridgment from the Reformed Dutch Church in America. It is hard to find the Canons on the net in English with a source.
Canones Synodi Dordrechtanae (1619) in Philip Schaff, Creeds of Christendom… (NY, 1877), vol. 3, p. 550 ff.
Confession of Faith English (1647) & Latin (1656) Side-bySide in Philip Schaff, Creeds of Christendom… (NY, 1877), vol. 3, pp. 600-674 American revisions to the Confession are noted.
Shorter Catechism English (1647) & Latin (1656?) Side-by-Side in Philip Schaff, Creeds of Christendom… (NY, 1877), vol. 3, p. 676 ff. The English has been conformed to the American version?
Collections of Confessions
Harmonia Confessionum Fidei, Orthodoxarum & Reformatarum Ecclesiarum… (Geneva, 1581) No ToC
In 1581, the first Harmony of Protestant Reformed Confessions of Faith was published in Geneva. It was the result of a collaboration between the Huguenot ministers such as Jean-Francois Salvard, Theodore Beza, Lambert Daneau, Antoine de la Roche Chandieu & Simon Goulart.
They published it in response to the publication of the Lutheran Book of Concord in 1580. The Harmony included a comparison of eleven Reformed confessions and the Lutheran Augsburg Confession. In 1842, it was translated into English, reorganized and enlarged by Peter Hall.
Reformed Books: Post-Reformation Translations
Ames, William d. 1633
Conscience with the Power & Cases Thereof… bks. 1-2, 3, all 5 bks ([London & Leiden], 1639)
De Conscientia, & Ejus Jure vel Casibus Libri Quinque (Amsterdam, 1635) No ToC
Utriusque Epistolae Divi Petri Apostoli Explicatio Analytica… (Amsterdam, 1635) No ToC
Medulla Theologica, Editio Novissima ab Authore Ante Obitum Recognita & Variis in Locis Aucta (Amsterdam, 1634) No Toc
Reformed Books: Modern Translations
Calvin, John d. 1564
Institutio Christianae Religionis, in Libros Quatuor… (Geneva: Stephani, 1559) No ToC
Polyander, Rivet, Walaeus, Thysius
ed. van den Belt, Henk – Synopsis of a Purer Theology: Latin Text & English Translation, 3 vols. trans. Riemer A. Faber Buy (1625; Brill, 2016) It is not clear which Latin edition is contained in this volume.
Synopsis Purioris Theologiae, Disputationibus Quinquaginta Duabus… 3rd ed. (1625; Leiden, 1642) ToC See also ed. Herman Bavinck, Synopsis Purioris Theologiae (Leiden, 1881) In English: Buy
Turretin, Francis d. 1687
Institutes of Elenctic Theology, 3 vols. trans. George Musgrave Giger Buy (1679–1685; P&R, 1992)
Giger (1822-1865) was trained at Princeton Theological Seminary and was a professor of Latin at New Jersey College. Giger translated off of the 1847 Latin edition below.
This 1847 edition was a reprint of the 1688-90 edition with corrections in a few Scripture citations. The text does not differ with the 1696 printing, which was a reprint of the original edition in three volumes of 1679-1685, except for a few Scripture citations. This same version was reprinted in 1680-1686; all of this per Dennison 1.xxvii.