Institutes of the Christian Religion: 1536 Edition

Institutes of the Christian Religion: 1536 Edition

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by John Calvin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802841678

ISBN-13: 9780802841674

Pub. Date: 10/28/1986

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

This revised edition of Battles's translation will interest general readers who wish to better understand the earliest expression of Calvin's theology, as well as scholars who wish to pursue further research.

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This revised edition of Battles's translation will interest general readers who wish to better understand the earliest expression of Calvin's theology, as well as scholars who wish to pursue further research.

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ISBN-13:
9780802841674
Publisher:
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/1986
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
363,392
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Editionix
Preface to the First Editionxiii
Introductionxvii
I.The Road toward the Institutes of 1536 (1532-1535)xvii
II.The First Edition of the Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536)xxxvi
Epistle Dedicatory to Francis, King of the French1
1.Circumstances in which the book was written1
2.Plea for the persecuted Evangelicals2
3.Charges of antagonists refuted5
4.Misleading claims that Church Fathers oppose Reformation teaching6
5.The appeal to "custom" against truth8
6.Errors about the nature of the Church9
7.Tumults alleged to result from Reformation teaching11
8.Let the King beware of acting on false charges: the innocent await Divine vindication13
Chapter IThe Law: Containing an Explanation of the Decalogue15
A.Knowledge of God (1)15
B.Knowledge of Man (2-3)15
C.The Law (4)16
D.God's Love in Christ (5-6)17
E.Exposition of the Decalogue (7-23)18
Preface (7-8)18
First Commandment (9)19
Second Commandment (10-11)19
Third Commandment (12)22
Fourth Commandment (13-16)23
Fifth Commandment (17)25
Sixth Commandment (18)25
Seventh Commandment (19)25
Eighth Commandment (20)26
Ninth Commandment (21)26
Tenth Commandment (22-23)27
F.Summary (24-25)28
G.Justification (26-32)29
H.Uses of the Law (33)35
I.Justification (continued) (34-38)37
Chapter IIFaith: Containing an Explanation of the Creed (Called Apostolic)42
A.Faith and Faith in the One God (1-9)42
B.Exposition of the Creed (10-34)49
First Part (10)49
Second Part (11-19)49
Third Part (20)57
Fourth Part (21-34)58
C.Faith, Hope, Love (35)65
Chapter IIIPrayer: With an Exposition of the Lord's Prayer68
A.Prayer in General (1-13)68
B.Exposition of the Lord's Prayer (14-30)76
Introduction (14-16)76
First Petition (17)78
Second Petition (18-19)79
Third Petition (20-21)79
Fourth Petition (22-24)80
Fifth Petition (25-26)81
Sixth Petition (27-30)82
C.The Practice of Prayer (31-33)84
Chapter IVThe Sacraments87
A.The Sacraments in General (1-10)87
B.Baptism (11-23)94
C.The Lord's Supper (24-52)102
D.Administration of the Sacraments (53)122
Chapter VThe Five False Sacraments124
Introduction (1)124
A.Confirmation (2-10)125
B.Penance (11-44)130
C.Extreme Unction (As They Call It) (45-48)158
D.Ecclesiastical Orders (49-67)161
E.Marriage (68-71)172
Chapter VIChristian Freedom, Ecclesiastical Power, and Political Administration176
A.Christian Freedom (1-13)176
B.Ecclesiastical Power (14-34)184
C.Civil Government (35-56)207
Important Subjects Treated in this Book227
Abbreviations Frequently Used in Endnotes230
Endnotes231
Epistle Dedicatory to Francis231
Chapter IThe Law243
Chapter IIFaith252
Chapter IIIPrayer268
Chapter IVThe Sacraments273
Chapter VThe False Sacraments290
Chapter VIChristian Freedom, &C318
Appendices
Appendix IThe Placards of 1534339
Appendix IIMartin Bucer on the Lord's Prayer343
Appendix IIICop-Calvin, Academic Discourse (1533)363
Appendix IVJohn Calvin's Latin Preface to Olivetan's French Bible (1535)373
Indices
Index IBiblical References378
Index IIComparative Table of 1536 and 1559 Institutes387
Index IIIReferences to Classical Authors in the Endnotes390
Index IVReferences to other Works of Calvin in the Endnotes391
Index VAuthor, Source, and Person Index to the References in the Endnotes392

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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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