41-3155

Stronger Than Fire

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  • 374 pages
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The Spanish Bible Triumphs Over the Inquisition

Few people realize that while the Reformation was altering the face of central Europe, a parallel movement was underway in Spain. It was inspired by brave people who dared to study and practice the Bible in the face of intense opposition from the Catholic Inquisition.

Among the leaders of the Spanish Reformation was Casiodoro de Reina, a man who passionately wanted to provide the people of Spain with the Bible in their own language. During the twelve years he spent translating the Bible, the Inquisition ruthlessly hunted him in an effort to destroy his work. As Casiodoro fled from country to country across Europe in search of safety, the Inquisition imprisoned, tortured, and burned his fellow believers, determined to suppress the spread of God's Word.

Despite all their efforts, Casiodoro completed his translation at last, and it became the foundation for the Bible that is still read by millions of Spanish-speaking believers today. The gripping story of Casiodoro de Reina's mission is one of adventure, betrayal, suffering, endurance, and death. Most of all it is a story of triumph—the triumph of God's Word that is stronger than fire.

Table of Contents

  • Timeline
  • Map of Sevilla
  • Map of Europe
  • Introduction
  • 1. The God of the Mass
  • 2. The Friendly God
  • 3. Columbus—Faith or Riches?
  • 4. Trip to Sevilla!
  • 5. Market in Sevilla
  • 6. The Catholic Preacher
  • 7. Struggles
  • 8. A Second Trip to Sevilla
  • 9. New Life in Sevilla
  • 10. New Life in Montemolín
  • 11. The Colegio de la Doctrina de los Niños
  • 12. The University of Sevilla
  • 13. The Birth of a Church
  • 14. The Opposition Intensifies
  • 15. The San Isidro Monastery
  • 16. The Monastery Revival
  • 17. Juan Gil's Capture
  • 18. Juan Gil's Auto-deFé
  • 19. Charles V and the "Heretics"
  • 20. Escape over the Pyrenees
  • 21. Freedom in Geneva
  • 22. The Print Shop in Geneva
  • 23. Conflict in Geneva
  • 24. Geneva, Frankfurt, London
  • 25. London
  • 26. Inquisition Prison
  • 27. Auto-de-fé, 1559
  • 28. Surprised by Love
  • 29. The Accuser's Work
  • 30. Antwerp
  • 31. Autos-de-Fé, 1560 and 1562
  • 32. The Final Years
  • 33. Printed at Last
  • Epilogue
  • Pronunciation Key
  • Acknowledgements
  • About the Author