Calvin’s Commentaries are, in the words of Philip Schaff, one of the few exegetical works that have outlived their generation. Calvin preached and wrote prolifically on the Bible. His commentaries display a rare combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. Calvin wrote commentaries on most books of the Bible, and is best ... more
John Calvin (1509–1564) is considered one of the most important thinkers in church history. His theological works, biblical commentaries, tracts, treatises, sermons, and letters helped establish the Reformation as a legitimate and thriving religious movement throughout Europe.
Calvinism has spawned movements and sparked controversy throughout the centuries. Calvin began his work in the church at the age of twelve, intending to train for the priesthood. Calvin attended the Collège de la Marche in Paris, before studying law at the University of Orléans and continuing his studies at the University of Bourges.
In 1532, Calvin’s first published work appeared: a commentary on Seneca's De Clementia. The controversy of calling for reform in the Catholic Church disciplined Calvin in his writing project and he began working on the first edition of The Institutes of the Christian Religion, which appeared in 1536. Calvin's Commentaries and The Letters of John Calvin are also influential works by Calvin which are both included in the Calvin 500 Collection.