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  • Paperback: 585 pages
  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co (24 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802862306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802862303
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,066,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE Calvin Handbook 28 Jan 2010
By James - Published on
Format: Paperback
Everyone who appreciates the Protestant Reformation and John Calvin in particular should own "The Calvin Handbook." It is published by Eerdmans and edited by Herman J. Selderhuis (who also authored John Calvin: A Pilgrim's Life). The contributors to this volume are Calvin scholars from all over the world, which include Eberhard Busch, I. John Hesselink, Wim Janse, Robert M. Kingdon, Anthony N. S. Lane, Karin Maag, Elsie Anne McKee, Carl R. Trueman, David F. Wright, and Randall C. Zachman.

This book is a one stop place for all things related to John Calvin. It has four main sections: A) orientation to Calvin, B) the person of Calvin, C) the work of Calvin, D) Calvin's influence and reception. Let's say you want to know something about Calvin's connection to Wittenberg. You look under the section about the person of Calvin (section B. Person), and you find the Historical Connections. There you will find "Calvin and Wittenberg."

Or let's say you want to read about Calvin's Christology. Under the section on Calvin's Work, there are two sub-sections: Types & Themes. Types examines his sermons, commentaries, catechisms, and other items. The themes follow a systematic-theological order: God & Humanity, Scripture, the Trinity, Christology, etc. If you go to the section on Christology, you will find this order:

* 4.1 Soteriological Definition
* 4.2 The Exalted God and the Lost Estate of Mankind
* 4.3 Christ as Mediator
* 4.4 Redemptive-Historical Context
* 4.5 The Roles in the Drama: Three Offices
* 4.6 Christ as King
* 4.7 Christ as Prophet
* 4.8 The Lord's Supper
* 4.9 Tension between the Divine and the Human
* 4.10 The Extra Calvinisticum
* 4.11 Christ and Election

And to conclude the section you will find a bibliography. This is certainly a reference source for Calvin and Reformational studies that you cannot ignore.
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