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God'S Plan For The Swiss Confederation: Heinrich Bullinger, Jakob Ruf And Their Uses Of Historical Myth In Reformation Zurich

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In the year 1525, God spoke directly to the Swiss Confederation. The twenty-one year old Heinrich Bullinger (1504-1575) made God's authorial voice in Zurich audible in his polemical tract Anklag vnd ernstliches ermanen Gottes Allmaechtigen. Quasi-Jewish myths of liberation and foundation of the Confederation entered into theological pamphlets only in Reformed Zurich. Jakob Ruf's plays in the same city marked the first time that it entered explicitly into a work of theater. Focusing this ideological model specifically on the history of the city of Zurich may well be Bullinger's original contribution: in the Anklag, he introduced the analogy between the two elect people by describing the freeing of the people of Israel from their bondage in Egypt and the destruction of Pharaoh's forces in the Red Sea. Jakob Ruf's theatrical and medical work has largely been overlooked by twentieth-century scholarship on those fields.

Keywords: Anklag; God; Heinrich Bullinger; Jakob Ruf; Quasi-Jewish myths; reformed Zurich; Swiss Confederation



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