Dr. Jeff Fisher Publishes Book

January 31, 2016

A Christoscopic Reading of Scripture: Johannes Oecolampadius on Hebrews, a new book written by Dr. Jeff Fisher, Professor of Theological Studies at Kuyper, explores issues of theology and church history pertaining to the Reformed community at large.

As Fisher explained, “The title says it all Christoscopic and Johannes Oecolampadius.”  During his research, Fisher coined the word Christoscopic. Its meaning is surprisingly simple: that the goal (in Latin, scopus and in Greek, skopos) of all Scripture is Christ. “This point is demonstrated,” said Fisher, “through the lens of the work of a little-known Reformation theologian, Johannes Oecolampadius who though often overlooked actually played a pivotal role in making [Christoscopic reading] become the way most Reformed and evangelical interpreters read and interpret the Bible.” Specifically, the book shows the way that Oecolampadius had this influence through his commentary on the book of Hebrews and the way that commentary could help paint a better picture of Reformation history and its theological shifts. 

Beyond this book, Fisher currently has some journal articles (originally conference presentations) related to Oecolampadius under review.  Other projects include a chapter on the doctrine of the Trinity as described by some reformers and a multi-year project on the Isaiah commentary for IVP’s Reformation Commentary on Scripture series.  The Isaiah commentary relates again to Oecolampadius because he, as Fisher explained, “was the first reformer to teach and publish a commentary on Isaiah.”  In the future, then, the Isaiah commentary will allow Fisher to generate additional papers and articles, helping others learn more about the ways [Oecolampadius] influenced Luther, Calvin, and others.