Calvin in Context

Calvin in Context

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BL An accessible and authoritative general introduction to Calvin's thought Steinmetz engages a wide range of primary sources and places Calvin in the context of the theological and exegetical traditions that influenced him.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 162.6 x 234.2 x 25.9mm | 612.11g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195091647
  • 9780195091649

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This book, a sequel to the author's well-received Luther in Context (1986), illuminates Calvin's thought by placing it in the context of the theological and exegetical traditions - ancient, medieval, and contemporary - that formed it and contributed to its particular texture. Steinmetz addresses a range of issues almost as wide as the Reformation itself, including the knowledge of God, the problem of iconoclasm, the doctrines of justification and predestination, and the role of the state and the civil magistrate. Along the way, Steinmetz also clarifies the substance of Calvin's quarrels with Lutherans, Catholics, Anabaptists, and assorted radicals from Ochino to Sozzini. An accessible yet authoritative general introduction to Calvin's thought, Calvin in Context engages a much wider range of primary sources than the standard introductions. It provides a context for understanding Calvin not from secondary literature about the later middle ages and Renaissance, but from the writings of Calvin's own contemporaries and the rich sources from which they drew.show more

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Dr Steinmetz presents this series of seminal studies, all of them relevant to the overall theme of scholarship well-grounded in primary and secondary sources, and up-to-the-minute learning reliable for its grasp of critical philosophy, theology and historiography. Peter Newman Brooks, Robinson College, Cambridge, Modern Believing, April 1997, New Series, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 2show more

About David C. Steinmetz

David C. Steinmetz taught for nearly 40 years at the Divinity School of Duke University. He is the founding editor of Oxford Studies in Historical Theology and has written numerous books and articles on the theology and biblical interpretation of early modern Europe.show more

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