Basileae, 1545 and 1547. Large Quarto. Item #025130
Two volumes in one. Craig S. Farmer notes that his work in biblical interpretation used exegetical and research skills that set the standard for German biblical scholarship for the next two centuries. see his The Gospel of John in the Sixteenth Century Exegesis of Wolfgang Musculus (Oxford University Press, 1997). While most scholarship has focused on the early work of Luther and his associates on Romans and Galatians, it is this exposition on the Gospel of John (as well as his citing of the Church Fathers) that shows the power of biblical scholarship in the second generation of the Reformation. Beginning at the Wedding Feast of Cana and proceeding to the case of the woman at the well (John 4) Musculus shows a level of exegetical skill that is similar to Calvin's though they take different approaches as in the case of the woman at the well. While also a great preacher like Rhegius, his rigorous scholarship advances the exegetical approach that distinguishes the next several centuries of Lutheran scholarship. OCLC locates copies at the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and libraries in Switzerland and Germany. There are no reported copies in North America. 1st issue of the first book, 2nd issue of the second book, single column. , 448, pp. pp. errata and  blank pages. Volume two: with a divisional title page, dated 1547, 473, , pp. colophon. Bound in full blind stamp decorated pigskin, raised bands, title in brown ink on spine. Title page on volume two has a piece of paper mounted over a manuscript note? Occasional contemporary marginal notes, some chipping to outer margins of last few leaves not affecting text.