We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

E-book purchase
Choose a subscription

Downloaded copy on your device does not expire. Includes 4 years of Bookshelf Online.


Where applicable, tax will be added to the above price prior to payment.

E-book purchasing help


Calvin in Context

Second Edition

Second Edition

David Steinmetz

Publication Date - 14 October 2010

ISBN: 9780199736386

328 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Illuminates Calvin's thought by placing it in the context of the theological and exegetical traditions.


The book illuminates Calvin's thought by placing it in the context of the theological and exegetical traditions--ancient, medieval, and contemporary-- that formed it and contributed to its particular texture. Steinmetz addresses a range of issues almost as wide as the Reformation itself, including the knowledge of God, the problem of iconoclasm, the doctrines of justification and predestination, and the role of the state and the civil magistrate. Along the way, Steinmetz also clarifies the substance of Calvin's quarrels with Lutherans, Catholics, Anabaptists, and assorted radicals from Ochino to Sozzini. For the new edition he has added a new Preface and four new chapters based on recent published and unpublished essays. An accessible yet authoritative general introduction to Calvin's thought, Calvin in Context engages a much wider range of primary sources than the standard introductions. It provides a context for understanding Calvin not from secondary literature about the later middle ages and Renaissance, but from the writings of Calvin's own contemporaries and the rich sources from which they drew.


  • Infrequently used sources, especially biblical commentaries
  • Contextualization and the use of comparative method

About the Author(s)

Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of the History of Christianity, Duke Divinity School


"It us a happy fruit of the Calvin anniversary year to see David Steinmetz's fine collection of essays, Calvin in Context, republished...The great strength of this collection is the refreshing way Calvin is located in the theology and thought-world of his own day...This book, like all Steinmetz's work, is a lively and enjoyable read, and its republication is a very welcome and important addition to the fruits of the reformer's anniversary and the impressive catalogue of David Steinmetz's scholarship."--Sixteenth Century Journal

Table of Contents


    1 Introduction to Calvin

    2. Calvin and the Natural Knowledge of God

    3. Calvin and the Absolute Power of God

    5. Calvin and the First Commandment

    6. Calvin and Abraham

    7. Calvin and Tamar

    8. Calvin and Isaiah

    9. Calvin and the Divided Self of Romans 7

    10. Calvin and Patristic Exegesis

    11. Calvin among the Thomists

    12. Calvin and the Baptism of John

    13. Calvin and his Lutheran Critics

    14. Calvin and the Monastic Ideal

    15. Calvin and the Civil Magistrate

    16. The Judaizing Calvin

    17, Calvin ad the Jews

    18. Calvin and the Ancient Philosophers

    19. The Scholastic Calvin

    20. Calvin and the Irrepressible Spirit

    21.. Concluding Observations