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Translating, Printing, Singing – the Reformation in Oxford

This article was originally posted on the Taylor Reformation blog which has now become part of the Taylor Editions website with a dedicated Reformation Pamphlets series.

Reformation500 at Oxford would not be the same without the many events kindly sponsored by the German Embassy.

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany London logo

If you take a look at our events page, you will see that we have a packed programme for this anniversary year. Participants are distributed across Oxford, yet linked by a “Reformation Trail”. They include libraries (the Taylor Institution Library, the Print Workshop of the Bodleian Library, but also College libraries), colleges (St Edmund Hall, New College, Exeter College), churches (St Columba’s United Reformed Church, St Michael’s at the Northgate, Kidlington Methodist Church) and schools (Magdalen College School, other schools in the Oxford German Network).

“Reformation in Oxford” brings the legacy of the Reformation alive in three key areas: translating, printing and singing. Original Reformation prints are being made accessible through new translations, in partnership with the libraries; the way Reformation ideas were disseminated can be experienced first-hand in the Bodleian’s Print Workshop; Johann Sebastian Bach’s Reformation cantatas are being comprehensively explored in concerts by the Oxford Bach Soloists, to a wide range of groups and congregations.

The overall aim is to demonstrate to anyone and everyone in Oxford with an interest in the Reformation, from school children to College lecturers, the influence which the Reformation has had, and still has to this day.

Programme Highlights – all these were funded by the German Embassy

Launch of a new translation of Luther’s Open Letter on Translating

Cover of Taylor publication of Sendbrief

Print Workshop: Print your own 95 theses, and a letter of indulgence

Example of hand printed theses

Bach cantata ‘Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild’

Cover of Sun and Shield programme

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