Institutes of the Christian Religion: The First English Version of the 1541 French Edition

Institutes of the Christian Religion: The First English Version of the 1541 French Edition

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by John Calvin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802807747

ISBN-13: 9780802807748

Pub. Date: 04/06/2009

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company


he first English translation of a classic text of pastoral theology.

John Calvin (1509-1564) originally wrote his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion in Latin. Beginning with the second edition of his work published in 1541, Calvin translated each new version into French, simultaneously adapting the text to suit lay audiences,

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he first English translation of a classic text of pastoral theology.

John Calvin (1509-1564) originally wrote his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion in Latin. Beginning with the second edition of his work published in 1541, Calvin translated each new version into French, simultaneously adapting the text to suit lay audiences, shaping it subtly but clearly to teach, exhort, and encourage them. Besides reflecting a more pastoral bent on Calvin's part, this 1541 Institutes is also notable as one of the founding documents of the modern French language. 

Elsie Anne McKee's masterful translation of the 1541 French Edition -- the first-ever English version -- offers full access to the brilliant mind of John Calvin as he considered what common Christian people should all know and practice.

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ISBN-13:
9780802807748
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/06/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
755
Sales rank:
1,010,575
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

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NOOKelodeon More than 1 year ago
I was completely blown away with the way this book is done! I have tried to read the Institutes in the paper form but the volume of the work presents a serious challenge. So when I got my Nook, the Institutes was one of the first books I downloaded in hopes to finally conquer it. Too bad I got it from a different publisher - the digital version I had bought seemed even more confusing. One of my friends, a Reformed pastor, suggested I tried this version. I still cannot believe how well done this one is. The clear structure of the book, the hyperlinks, the active table of content, the ease of navigation is above any expectations! It includes all the text from the original work, all Calvin's notes on the Bible verses (you can basically open a list of Bible verses he commented on and "jump" directly to his notes on a particular verse, and then back), and yet you can easily navigate between all books, chapters and sections. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in serious approach to studying the Bible or Christian religion all together. And if you are bound to read Calvin's Institutes, do yourself a favor and get this one - you will be impressed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most readable translation of Calvin's magnum opus. Not to dismiss the Battles translation out-of-hand, but Beveridge's care and vocabulary raise these volumes to a separate level of scholarship. The 'Institutes,' like any great book, deserves 3 full readings to be properly grasped. Calvin does not approach his subjects in the way we normally understand 'systematic theology,' but as an erudite pastor taking his charges by the hand through the maze of many seemingly contradictory slices of Scripture. Approach this book with an open heart and mind and enjoy the rich harvest of a French genius.
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Ophelia52 More than 1 year ago
Calvin was a very orderly thinker. He would choose a topic and examine it carefully before passing on to the next. The topics are broken up into chapters brief enough to be readable in one sitting. He tried to be as lucid and brief as possible in his prose style, and for the most part succeeded. If you want to understand the Calvinist/Reformed branch of 16th century Protestantism, this is an excellent resource. There is no hypertext linking to chapters, but if you intend to read this volume straight through, that isn't a problem. Had there been decent internal links, I would have rated this at five stars.
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not a bad buy.
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