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In this illuminating study, David C. Steinmetz places Calvin's thought in the context of the theological and exegetical traditions - ancient, medieval, and early modern - that shaped it. Steinmetz does not limit discussion of Calvin's thought to his undeniably important handbook to theology, the much revised Institutes of the Christian Religion. Instead, he opens up a broader context by examining works less frequently cited, particularly Calvin's commentaries, classical studies, and polemical treatises. Steinmetz grapples with Calvin's views on a wide range of contested issues, including the natural knowledge of God, the problem of iconoclasm, the doctrines of justification and predestination, and the role of the state. Steinmetz also clarifies Calvin's quarrels with Lutherans, Catholics, and Radicals. Yet this book does not reduce Calvin's contribution to his usefulness as a resource for contemporary theological debates. The Calvin who emerges in these pages is a sixteenth-century figure, both strangely foreign and uncannily familiar, a man who frequently engages his enemies and sometimes even corrects his friends, but is never mute, never dull, and always stylistically elegant. An accessible yet authoritative introduction to the mind of the historical Calvin, Calvin in Context provides a framework for understanding Calvin from his own writings and the writings of his contemporaries. This edition features a revised preface and six new chapters.show more

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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 154.7 x 231.6 x 17.5mm | 394.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195091655
  • 9780195091656
  • 1,644,990

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"Three decades of detailed pilot studies have prepared David Steinmetz for this exquisite contribution to Calvin scholarship. With his singular grasp of biblical exegesis in the Middle Ages and the Reformation era, Steinmetz succeeds in tracing the precise profile of Calvin as biblical interpreter." --The late Heiko Oberman, Regents' Professor of History, University of Arizona (for the first edition) "This expanded collection of path-breaking studies reveals how David Steinmetz set investigation into Calvin's biblical interpretation on a new footing and the ways in which he has continued to build upon that solid foundation in the decade and half since Calvin in Context first appeared. No one has done more to shape for the 21st century a more nuanced and precise image of Calvin as an expositor of scripture." --Barbara Pitkin, author of What Pure Eyes Could See: Calvin's Doctrine of Faith in its Exegetical Context "Three decades of detailed pilot studies have prepared David Steinmetz for this exquisite contribution to Calvin scholarship. With his singular grasp of biblical exegesis in the Middle Ages and the Reformation era, Steinmetz succeeds in tracing the precise profile of Calvin as biblical interpreter."--Heiko Oberman, University of Arizona. "The beauty of this work is that it interprets Calvin in the context of his own literary tradition and draws from the vast field of primary sources...Steinmetz has performed a remarkable serivce to the field through this methodology"--Sixteenth Century Studies. .,."close, sensitive reading of less familiar texts in Calvin's oeuvre, which opens up new insights into or refines contemporary understandings of broader themes in Calvin's thoughts ....humane insistence on the conversational nature of Calvin's work, both those intellectual engagements he explicitly recognized and those he did not ...nuanced attention to differences of tone, specific formulation, and choice of terms, and the broad familiarity with other works to suggest allusions, intentional and perhaps unintentional associations of broader constructions of ideas."--Renaissance Quarterly "The beauty of this work is that it interprets Calvin in the context of his own literary tradition and draws from the vast field of primary sources. Steinmetz has performed a remarkable service to the field through this methodology, which many of his students and followers have adopted."--Sixteenth Century Journal "This is a work of great value for students of sixteenth-century biblical scholarship, as well as for those interested in the thought of John Calvin."--The Historian "Three decades of detailed pilot studies have prepared David Steinmetz for this exquisite contribution to Calvin scholarship. With his singular grasp of biblical exegesis in the Middle Ages and the Reformation era, Steinmetz succeeds in tracing the precise profile of Calvin as biblical interpreter."--Heiko Oberman, University of Arizona. "The beauty of this work is that it interprets Calvin in the context of his own literary tradition and draws from the vast field of primary sources...Steinmetz has performed a remarkable serivce to the field through this methodology"--Sixteenth Century Studies. , .."close, sensitive reading of less familiar texts in Calvin's oeuvre, which opens up new insights into or refines contemporary understandings of broader themes in Calvin's thoughts ....humane insistence on the conversational nature of Calvin's work, both those intellectual engagements he explicitly recognized and those he did not ...nuanced attention to differences of tone, specific formulation, and choice of terms, and the broad familiarity with other works to suggest allusions, intentional and perhaps unintentional associations of broader constructions of ideas."--Renaissance Quarterly "The beauty of this work is that it interprets Calvin in the context of his own literary tradition and draws from the vast field of primary sources. Steinmetz has performed a remarkable service to the field through this methodology, which many of his students and followers have adopted."--Sixteenth Century Journal "This is a work of great value for students of sixteenth-century biblical scholarship, as well as for those interestedin the thought of John Calvin."--The Historian "Three decades of detailed pilot studies have prepared David Steinmetz for this exquisite contribution to Calvin scholarship. With his singular grasp of biblical exegesis in the Middle Ages and the Reformation era, Steinmetz succeeds in tracing the precise profile of Calvin as biblicalinterpreter."--Heiko Oberman, University of Arizona."The beauty of this work is that it interprets Calvin in the context of his own literary tradition and draws from the vast field of primary sources...Steinmetz has performed a remarkable serivce to the field through this methodology"--Sixteenth Century Studies..,."close, sensitive reading of less familiar texts in Calvin's oeuvre, which opens up new insights into or refines contemporary understandings of broader themes in Calvin's thoughts ....humane insistence on the conversational nature of Calvin's work, both those intellectual engagements heexplicitly recognized and those he did not ...nuanced attention to differences of tone, specific formulation, and choice of terms, and the broad familiarity with other works to suggest allusions, intentional and perhaps unintentional associations of broader constructions of ideas."--RenaissanceQuarterly"The beauty of this work is that it interprets Calvin in the context of his own literary tradition and draws from the vast field of primary sources. Steinmetz has performed a remarkable service to the field through this methodology, which many of his students and followers have adopted."--SixteenthCentury Journal"This is a work of great value for students of sixteenth-century biblical scholarship, as well as for those interested in the thought of John Calvin."--The Historianshow 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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