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Calvin, the Bible, and History - 
      Barbara Pitkin

Calvin, the Bible, and History

«This is a rich study...»

Hywel Clifford, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
John Calvin was known foremost for his powerful impact on the fundamental doctrines of Protestantism, and his biblical interpretation continues to attract interest and inquiry. Calvin, the Bible, and History investigates Calvin's exegesis of the Bible through the lens of one of its most distinctive and distinguishing features: his historicizing approach to scripture. Les mer
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John Calvin was known foremost for his powerful impact on the fundamental doctrines of Protestantism, and his biblical interpretation continues to attract interest and inquiry. Calvin, the Bible, and History investigates Calvin's exegesis of the Bible through the lens of one of its most distinctive and distinguishing features: his historicizing approach to scripture. Barbara Pitkin here explores how historical consciousness affected Calvin's interpretation
of the Bible, sometimes leading him to unusual, unprecedented, and occasionally controversial exegetical conclusions.

Through several case studies, Pitkin explores the multi-faceted ways that historical consciousness was interlinked with Calvin's interpretation of biblical books, authors, and themes, analyzing the centrality of history in his engagement with scripture from the Pentateuch to his reception of the apostle Paul. First establishing the relevant intellectual and cultural contexts, Pitkin situates Calvin's readings within broader cultural trends and historical developments, demonstrating the
expansive impact of Calvin's concept of history on his reading of the Bible. Calvin, the Bible, and History reveals the significance of his efforts to relate the biblical past to current historical conditions, reshaping an earlier image of Calvin as a forerunner of modern historical criticism by viewing his
deep historical sensibility and distinct interpretive approach within their early modern context.
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Forlag: Oxford University Press Inc
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Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9780190093273
Format: 24 x 16 cm
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«This is a rich study...»

Hywel Clifford, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

«Pitkin's volume is an illuminating study and an offering of the highest level to the growing literature on Calvin's exegesis.»

Alden C. McCray, Themelios

«Calvin, the Bible, and History is a volume that will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and educated lay people ... engaging and extremely thoughtful.»

Jon Balserak, Journal of Theological Studies

«In addition to the book's importance for our understanding of Calvin's role as an innovative early modern interpreter of scripture committed to "lucid brevity," it is Pitkin's presentation of the reformer as a socially engaged, politically active thinker and strategist that offers equally interesting lines of future inquiry.»

Franklin Tanner Capps, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

«In addition to the book's importance for our understanding of Calvin's role as an innovative early modern interpreter of scripture committed to "lucid brevity," it is Pitkin's presentation of the reformer as a socially engaged, politically active thinker and strategist that offers equally interesting lines of future inquiry.»

Franklin Tanner Capps, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

«Barbara Pitkin's brilliant book illuminates a less well-known side to Calvin: that this prolific biblical expositor read the Bible in its historical setting. Calvin was both aware of the dangers of historical anachronism, and convinced that the Scriptures spoke to the existential predicaments of his own age. With sensitivity to the different genres of Calvin's writings on the Bible, Barbara Pitkin evokes Calvin's famous lucidity and clarity in her own beautifully crafted prose.»

Euan Cameron, Union Theological Seminary

«Pitkin has masterfully presented a portrait of Calvin's historicizing exegesis through a set of well-chosen case studies of Calvin's biblical exegesis. From clarifying the distinctive elements of Calvin's Paulinism to illuminating his Johannine vision of salvation history to investigating his uses of the histories of Isaiah, David, and 2 Samuel as mirrors for the present, Pitkin expertly demonstrates Calvin's careful historical approach to Scripture-an approach that simultaneously reconstructs the biblical past with its own "integrity and remoteness" while applying these histories as guides for contemporary meaning. This is a must-read for any who seek a multifaceted understanding of Calvin's engagement with biblical history and its overarching message of God's providential care across time.»

G. Sujin Pak, author of The Reformation of Prophecy: Early Modern Interpretations of the Prophet & O

«Through several case studies, Pitkin explores the multi-faceted ways that historical consciousness was interlinked with Calvin's interpretation of biblical books, authors, and themes, analyzing the centrality of history in his engagement with scripture from the Pentateuch to his reception of the apostle Paul.»

Zachary McCulley, Queen's University Belfast, New Books Network

«Pitkin provides a rich picture of Calvin's exegetical activities and his working herme-neutic that took shape in an era when attitudes about the Bible as an historical source were in the process of making dramatic shifts.»

Donald K. McKim, Church History

«With this book Barbara Pitkin has placed those who honor and respect the legacy of John Calvin in her debt.»

Keith C. Sewell, Dordt University

«This masterful study reveals John Calvin's considerable debt to French humanism. Barbara Pitkin elegantly elucidates Calvin's approach to the biblical text and his understanding of sacred history, shaped by both the exegetical tradition and contemporary French legal scholarship. Highlighting the interplay between Reformation theology and the Renaissance study of history, this is intellectual history at its finest!»

Amy Nelson Burnett, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

«In this fine book...Pitkin provides an admirable examination of Calvin's specific commentaries, showing the exegete at work in navigating relationships between original biblical contexts and the needs of his audiences. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.»

D. K. McKim, CHOICE
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations

Chapter 1: John Calvin's Historicizing Interpretation of the Bible
Chapter 2: History Past and History Present in Calvin's Reception of Paul
Chapter 3: Salvation in History in Calvin's Commentary on the Gospel of John
Chapter 4: David, Faith, and the Confusion of History in Calvin's Commentary on the Psalms
Chapter 5: Exile in the Mirror of History in Calvin's Commentary on Isaiah
Chapter 6: Prophecy and History in Calvin's Lectures on Daniel
Chapter 7: Biblical Exegesis and Early Modern Legal History in Calvin's Mosaic Harmony
Chapter 8: The Consolation of History in Calvin's Sermons on Second Samuel
Epilogue: Toward Calvin's Sense of History

Bibliography
Index
Barbara Pitkin is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Stanford University. Her research focuses on religious thought, biblical exegesis, and views of the past in the early modern period. She is the author of What Pure Eyes Could See: Calvin's Doctrine of Faith in its Exegetical Context.