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THE ITALIAN REFORMER: The Life and Martyrdom of Aonio Palearioand the Book "The Benefit of Christ's Death"
William M. Blackburn

AONIO PALEARIO (1500-1570) is a little known Italian Reformer and a teacher of Greek and Hebrew when he came to embrace the doctrine of Jusfificfation by faith alone in Christ alone. In addition to the exicitng life of Aonio Paleario and his friends, this edition contains his most famous book THE BENEFIT OF CHRIST'S DEATH, which he wrote to teach his fellow contrymen that "those who turn with their souls to Christ crucified, commit themselves to him by faith, acquiesce in the promises and cleave with assured faith to him who cannot deceive, are delivered from all evil, and enjoy a full pardon of all their sins." The book was soon sought for and eagerly read in all parts of Italy. Forty-thousand copies are said to have been sold in six years. Of course it attracted the attention of the Inquisition, and was speedily prohibited, and burned by the tens of thousands.

"The book of Paleario," says Jules Bonnet, "had none of the poignant irony or satirical tone of Savonarola. The author carefully abstained from all controversy, in order to make known the doctrine of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ, the nature of which he explained and the fruits of which he described with the deepest feeling. 'The Benefit' is not so much a book as an outpouring of the heart."

"The Italian Reformer was burned at the stake for the teaching in this book and his riveting testimony before his persecutors rings down the centuries as a call to reformation and revival. A rare work by a rare author, now happily rediscovered for a new public." - Gordon Keddie

Vergerio, an old Italian writer quoted by the editor of the English edition of 1860, stated that "there is scarcely a book of this age, so sweet, so pious, so simple, and so well fitted to instruct the ignorant and weak, especially in the doctrine of justification."

William M. Blackburn (1828-1898) adds our indebtedness to him by this outstanding book that brings back a name nearly forgotten from the times of the Reformation. This book will stand alongside his books on Farel, Zwingli and Calvin and will once again cause his name to be known in our day as it was in the nineteenth century.




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THIS PRICE INCLUDES ALL FOUR TITLES: Huss, Farel, Zwingli & Paleario

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Biographical Sketch of the Author

Biographical Sketch of the Author

William Maxwell Blackburn (1828-1898) clergyman, born in Carlisle, Indiana, 30 December 1828. He was graduated at Hanover College, Indiana, in 1850, and at Princeton theological seminary in 1854. He was pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Erie, Pennsylvania, from 1856 till 1863, and at Trenton, New Jersey, from 1854 till 1868, in which year he was called to the chair of biblical and ecclesiastical history in the Presbyterian theological seminary of the northwest at Chicago, Illinois, which he held until 1881, when he became pastor of the Central Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1884 he was called to the presidency of the territorial University of North Dakota, and in 1886 became president of Pierre University at East Pierre, Dak. He published special studies in religious history and biography and numerous story-books for the young, and has contributed to the "Princeton Review" and the "American Presbyterian Review." Solid Ground is publishing his books "The College Days of Calvin," "Young Calvin in Paris," and "ELIJAH OF THE ALPS: The Story of William Farel the Swiss Reformer," and "THE REBEL PRINCE: Lessons from the Career of the Young Man Absalom."