ISBN-10:
0802807747
ISBN-13:
9780802807748
Pub. Date:
04/06/2009
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
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

by John Calvin, Elsie Anne McKee

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


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
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author


(1509-1564) One of the most influential reformers, his workwas of significance throughout Europe andbeyond.

Elsie Anne McKee is Archibald Alexander Professor of Reformation Studies and the History of Worship at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Institutes of the Christian Religion 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
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.
curtis on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Classic of Christian literature. If you're not a Calvinist, reading this might help you understand the position of your theological opponents- ultimately it might convince you not to switch sides, but to at least respect those on the opposite side of the debate. If you are a Calvinist, study it, as you'll learn quite a bit about how to articulate many of your positions. Christian in general, too, can benefit from Calvin's magnificent exegetical technique as well as his insight into the Scriptures.
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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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The ULTIMATE systematic theology is great on the nook.
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9/9/2011. Great way to research one of the top leaders of the Reformation in 1500's Europe. So easy to use and search.
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