Hope Becomes Home to International
Society's North American Branch
Posted July 31, 2001
HOLLAND -- Hope College is now the home office of
the North American branch of the international Society for
Faculty members Dr. Janis Gibbs and Dr. J. Jeffery
Tyler have become treasurer and membership secretary for the
society. They are sharing responsibility for the two
offices, coordinating North American distribution of the
society's annual publication, the "Archive for Reformation
History," in addition to handling the society's finances and
membership needs in North America.
"It fits us well," Tyler said of the society's new
connection to the college. "We're a church-related school,
affiliated with a church born during the Reformation era."
Both Gibbs and Tyler are active scholars of
Reformation history. Gibbs, an assistant professor of
history, has been at Hope since 1996. Tyler, an associate
professor of religion and Towsley Research Scholar, joined
the faculty in 1995.
According to Gibbs and Tyler, the "Archive for
Reformation History" is one of the oldest trans-Atlantic
journals on the religious history of the 16th century. The
journal was first published in Germany in 1903. The Society
for Reformation Research was extended from Germany to North
America in 1947.
"The 'Archive' remains one of the most prestigious
international journals on Reformation history," Gibbs said.
"It began as a publication dedicated to scholarship on
Protestantism, but has now broadened to include all
religious confessions and movements of the 16th century."
The "Archive for Reformation History" is published
annually in two volumes: a 300-page collection of essays,
and a 200-page supplemental "Literature Review." The
publications feature articles by scholars from around the
world. Most of the essays and reviews are written in German
Both volumes are published by Guetersloh
publishing house in Germany. The essay collection is edited
by Susan C. Karant-Nunn of the University of Arizona, Anne
Jacobson Schutte of the University of Virginia and Heinz
Schilling of the Humoldt University in Berlin. The
"Literature Review" is edited by Hans-Christoph Rublack of
the University of Tuebingen.