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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books (21 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745952283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745952284
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 785,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr T.H.L. Parker was for many years a country vicar and later became Reader in Theology at the University of Durham. He has given much of his working life to the study of Calvin and is widely known as an authority on him.


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This book is probably not the best place to start if you are looking for a readable and easy to understand introduction to John Calvin. In the first 2 chapters the author goes through a great deal of technical historical knowledge that, unless you are educated in that area, you will struggle to get through. The book gets easier to read and more interesting after that though, and presents a wonderful portrait of John Calvin.

So for a biography of John Calvin more tailored to the layman look elsewhere. A few other possible options to consider are John Piper's short biography of John Calvin (Amazon.co.uk ISBN 184474356X) or a 128 page shorter biography of Calvin by THL Parker (called 'Portrait of Calvin') that DesiringGod have recently brought back into print (see Amazon.com ISBN 0979952670). The new definitive biography of John Calvin is meant to be 'Calvin' by Bruce Gordon. Robert Reymond has also done a biography.
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