Born: July 10, , Francio. Died: May 27, , Geneva. Related topics: Biography, Calvin, Jean,, Calvinism, Commentaries, Early works. There was no French translation of the Institutio, but most of the later editions were Balserak, Jon, “ Institutio Christianae religionis”, in: Christian- Muslim. Institutes of the Christian Religion, Latin Christianae Religionis Institutio, French Institution de la Religion Chrétienne, John Calvin’s masterpiece, a summary of.

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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. A Bibliographical History Leiden: Brill,vol 6: Having fled, Calvin wandered around various parts of Europe before deciding to stay in Geneva in Apart from a short stint in Strasbourg, Calvin would remain in Geneva for the rest of his life.

He was married, apparently happily, to Idelette de Bure from until her death in Calvin worked for the reforming of Geneva and also of his French homeland, to which he would never return, living in exile until his death on 27 May, His Institutio Christianae religionis, for which he is perhaps best known, has left an indelible mark on Christian thought — primarily that found in the West and within Protestantism. He was both despised and venerated in his own day. This being so, Calvin was buried in an unmarked grave, presumably so as to prevent desecration, and also to avoid the possibility of it becoming a holy shrine visited by pilgrims.

Beza, Commentaires de M. Colladon, Commentaires de M. Avec une pref- ace de Theodore de Besze. Bolsec, Histoire de la view, des moeurs. Audin, Histoire de la vie, des ouvrages et des doctrines de Calvin, Paris, Secondary There are huge numbers of studies on Calvin, including: Balserak, John Calvin as sixteenth-century prophet, Oxford, B.

Mouton, Calvin, Paris, I. Backus, Life writing in Reformation Europe. Lives of Reformers by friends, dis- ciples and foes, Aldershot, D.

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Biographie, Paris, O. Millet, Calvin et la dynamique de la Parole. A sixteenth-century portrait, Oxford, T. Parker, John Calvin, Berkhamsted, J. Cadier, Calvin, se vie, son oeuvre, Paris, A. Ganoczy, Le Jeune Calvin. Kingdon, Geneva and the coming of the wars of religion,Geneva, M. It went through five major Latin revisions, the first of which appeared in the other major Latin edi- tions appeared in, and In the Calvini opera edition, the Latin Institutio of comes to columns.

It would expand in each subsequent version, such that the edition consists of 1, columns. The work as published in consisted of six chapters, which discuss the law de legefaith de fideprayer de orationethe sacraments de sacramentisthe five false sacraments quo sacramenta.

It treats christanae content of the Christian faith as set out in the standard creeds of the Church, such as the Nicene. Calvin includes a prefatory letter addressed to the French king, Francis I. The work also concludes with a brief examination of the nature of government and office of the civil magistrate. Even though the treatise is not primarily concerned with relations with the Islam or Muslims, there are nevertheless a few explicit refer- religiionis to Islam as well as a general treatment of false religion, with Islam included in this category.

Religioonis is brilliantly explained in the introductory chapters of his Institutio. By the edition, the Institutio had been expanded to four books with a total of 80 chapters.

The first nine chapters constitute a case for the viability of true religious knowledge in a fallen world, which knowledge can only be found in the sacred scriptures of the Christian faith. In christianqe exposition, Calvin contends that those who do not follow the Christian Bible through a living faith inspired by the Spirit of the triune God fall invariably either into a hypocritical adherence to the Christian religion i.


That said, some of his explicit assertions do give a sense of the vehemence of his feelings towards them.

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He declares, for instance, in Institutio 2. For this reason as well, Cal- vin can assert that the Turks know nothing of what it means to pray, since true prayer can only be made through faith in Christ Institutio 3. Significance The perceived threat the Turks presented to Europe is difficult to over- estimate. The siege by the Ottomans did not directly threaten Geneva.

However, news of the war spread through- out the Continent and to Geneva. Renaissance humanism had renewed thought on the relationship between Christian- ity and other religions, intellectual movements and philosophies.

Some Christian humanists, chdistianae as Pico della Mirandola and especially Mar- silio Ficino, developed profoundly influential interests in esoteric ideals, magic and the notion of the prisca theologia.

Indeed, Bibliander seems to have adhered to the idea that elements of all reli- gions might serve as a kind of preparation for the Gospel preparatio Evangeliireviving a notion generally found among some of the church fathers.

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This relatively positive appraisal was not granted to all non- Christian religions. The early modern attitude towards the Jews offers an excellent example demonstrating the point.

Nevertheless, some thinkers during the early modern era exhibited a more benign attitude towards non-Christian religions, and particularly towards Islam, than the attitude found in the writings of Calvin. Bibliander is a case in point. To be fair, his interests in writing the Institu- tio lay elsewhere.

Nonetheless, his sharp tone towards the Turks and his strong characterisation of Islam as an idolatrous religion leave no linger- ing doubt as christiianae his position towards Muslims. This certainly does not set Calvin at odds with the general tradition of Western Christianity towards Islam — far from it.

Rather, in condemning Muslims for their denial of Christ, Calvin would not have seen himself as doing anything unusual.

Accordingly, a similarly firm and insttutio view of Islam spread along with the Reformed faith, which was spearheaded in no small way by the popularity of the Institutio. The following are the most recent and complete: Bierma, Louisville KY, Electronic editions: Niesel edsJoannis Calvini opera selecta, Munich,i, pp.

Ioannis Calvini opera quae supersunt omnia, Brunswick,i-ii Important French editions: Ioannis Calvini Opera quae supersunt omnia, Brunswick,iii-iv F.

Denuo recognita, but at this point nothing has been produced. Important English translations are: Battles, Atlanta GA, F. None deals with Islam per se, but they discuss the character of the Institutes in a general way: Een handleiding bij de Institutie, Houten, R. Muller, The unaccommodated Calvin. Studies in the foundation of a theological tradition, Oxford, R.

Versuch einer liter- arischen Analyse, Neukirchen-Vluyn, J. He also lectured in this series on Isa- iah, Psalms, Minor Prophets, Jeremiah, Lamentations and Ezekiel dying before he completed this book. These lectures were different reliigonis the commentaries he produced. He wrote commentaries on all the Pauline epistles as well as the Gospels and Acts and on Old Testament books, such as the last four books of the Pentateuch and Joshua.

The lectures, however, were presented to the Genevan public as discourses in which Calvin went verse religiomis verse through a biblical book, expounding, covering issues of interpretation of the Hebrew, treating the historical background, and so forth. From late or early onwards, these lectures began to focus on preparing ministers to be sent into France in order to assist the growing French Reformed congregations. Calvin divided his treatment of Daniel into 66 individual lectures. His handling of the book, like his handling of all the prophetic books, is characterised by a careful treatment of the history and chrstianae in which the prophet Daniel and his friends found themselves.


As one enters the latter half of the Book of Daniel, with its prophecies about the Son of Man and visions of rams and other images, Calvin attempts to continue his historically-oriented treatment while also being attuned to the rhetorical devices and literary tropes inatitutio in the text.

He strongly eschews apocalyptic readings, despite their popularity through- out exegetical history. For Calvin, the insfitutio important thing the Book of Daniel could do is to provide guidance and comfort to his French trainee- religoinis, who were about to enter the stronghold of Catholicism that was 16th-century France.

He mentions christkanae Turks in several places in his exposition of Daniel 2. His consistent concern is to argue against Jewish commenta- tors, particularly Rabbi Barbinel, who he contends are wrong to identify the fourth kingdom mentioned by Daniel in Daniel 2, 7, 8 and 11 as the Turkish Empire, because he thinks it should be understood as the Roman Empire.

His comments here are calmer and more academic in tone than those that in either the Institutio or in his sermons on Deuteronomy.

They are primarily historical in character. Accordingly, he is content to acknowl- edge that the Ottoman Empire has enormous amounts of religonis and power, and has managed to conquer great portions of the globe, toppling several dhristianae in the process. Significance The history of the interpretation of Old Testament prophecy, such as the kind found in reilgionis book of Daniel, is replete with instances of interpreters locating the dangers of their own age in the biblical text. This was true in Antiquity, in the Middle Ages and also during the early modern era.

Similarly, numerous exegetes found the fears and dangers asso- ciated with their own age in the Book of Daniel, particularly Daniel 7. As the Turks were a christianqe threat to the Europe of the s, they were inetitutio identified within readings of these books. However, his unwillingness to identify the Turks with the fourth monarchy has nothing to do with the question of his attitude towards Islam.

On the contrary, his concerns are focused on lecturing on the prophetic books, including Daniel, in such a way that he can use the richness of the text to prepare his ministerial trainees for the French situation into which they would soon be entering.

But the real significance of these lectures on Daniel is in their historical orientation, which served to lay the groundwork for institytio bib- lical exposition, particularly among Reformed Christians. Jean Calvin sur le livre des propheties de Daniel. Avec une table ample des principales matieres contenues en ce livre, Geneva, Joannis Calvini praelectiones in librum prophetiarum Danielis, Joannis Budaei et Caroli Jonvillaei labore et industria exceptae.

Interpretations of Daniel 7. They are also charac- teristic of many of the qualities that came to exemplify his handling of the biblical text, whether in sermons, lectures or commentaries. Calvin preached on nearly the entire Bible during his years in Geneva and Strasbourg. He took up the book of Deuteronomy on chritsianae March, Preaching sermons on the fifth book of Moses, Calvin tended to treat between five and eight verses in each sermon and sometimes as many as 10 or