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Institutio Theologiae Elencticae (3 vols.)


Francis Turretin’s Institutio Theologiae Elencticae (3 Vols.) was the standard introductory work used for Reformed theological education for nearly two hundred years, until it was replaced by Charles Hodge’s Systematic Theology and Berkhof's Systematic Theology. First published in 1679 in Latin, Institutio Theologiae Elencticae (3 Vols.), or Institutes of Elentic Theology (3 Vols.), is written in a question-and-answer format, covering topics such as the authenticity of the Scriptures, various versions of the Bible, the canon of Scripture, and the authority of Scripture, as well as a myriad of other theological issues. This edition, not translated into English, features the original Latin language, providing the most accurate text available.

Institutio Theologiae Elencticae (3 Vols.) is indispensable for anyone interested in Reformed theology and the history of Reformed thinking in the Church. Considered the standard on the subject until the publication of Systematic Theology by Charles Hodge in 1871, Turretin’s magnum opus was required reading at Princeton Seminary for many years. As a historical work, this collection provides invaluable documentation of one of the most influential works of Reformed thinking. Using the Latin version, the electronic edition makes it easy to study side–by–side with your other Latin resources, as well as other Reformed works in your library.

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Be sure to also check out the English translation of Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology for a modern, edited version of this important work.

Key Features

  • Original Latin text
  • One of the most influential Reformed theological works
  • Easy-to-read question-and-answer format
  • Includes over 2,000 pages

Praise for the Print Edition

. . . the most precise theologian in the Calvinistic tradition.

—John Gerstner

Turretin is exhaustive in his writing. In fact, Turretin's work was required as a text for students of such great Princeton theologians as Charles Hodge and R.L. Dabney. If you are a serious theologian and love to study theology in-depth then you should not be without this series.

—Online reviewer

Product Details

  • Title: Institutio Theologiae Elencticae (3 Vols.)
  • Publisher: John D. Lowe
  • Author/Editor: Francis Turretin
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 2,003

Individual Titles

Institutio Theologiae Elencticae, Vol. 1

  • Author: Francis Turretin
  • Publisher: John D. Lowe
  • Publication Date: 1847
  • Pages: 707

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Table of Contents

  • Locus Primus—De Theologia
  • Locus Secundus—De Scriptura Sacra
  • Locus Tertius—De Deo Uno, Et Trino
  • Locus Quartus—De Decretis Dei in Genere, Et De Predestinatione in Specie
  • Locus Quintus—De Creatione
  • Locus Sextus—De Providentia Dei Actuali
  • Locus Septimus—De Angelis
  • Locus Octavus—De Statu Hominis Ante Lapsum, Et Foedere Naturae
  • Locus Nonus—De Peccato, IN Genere Et Specie
  • Locus Decimus—De Libero Hominis Arbitrio In Statu Peccati
  • Index Rerum

Institutio Theologiae Elencticae, Vol. 2

  • Author: Francis Turretin
  • Publisher: John D. Lowe
  • Publication Date: 1847
  • Pages: 695

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Table of Contents

  • Locus Undecimus—De Lege Dei
  • Locus Duodecimus—De Foedere Gratae Et Duplici Ejus Oeconomia In Vertieri Et Novo Testamento
  • Locus Decimus Tertius—De Persona Et Statu Christi
  • Locus Decimus Quartus—De Officio Christi Mediatorio
  • Locus Decimus Quintus—De Vocatione Et Fide
  • Locus Decimus Sextus—De Justificatione
  • Locus Decimus Septimus—De Sanctificatione Et Bonis Operibus

Institutio Theologiae Elencticae, Vol. 3

  • Author: Francis Turretin
  • Publisher: John D. Lowe
  • Publication Date: 1847
  • Pages: 601

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Table of Contents

  • Locus Ecimus Octavus— De Ecclesia
  • Locus Decimus Nonus—De Sacramentis
  • Locus Vicesimus—De Novissimis
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About Francis Turretin

Francis Turretin was born in 1623 in Italy. Best known for his defense of Reformed Calvinism, Turretin was a Protestant theologian and pastor. He was the author of several theological works, the most famous and influential being Institutio Theologiae Elencticae (3 Vols.). It was the set text for Reformed Calvinism until the publication of Charles Hodges’s Systematic Theology in 1871. He died in 1687.

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  1. Ask Mr. Religion
    I bid on this some time ago. Would like the Latin version as soon as possible.

  2. Daniel Caballero.
    Deep, precise and simple.

  3. Michael Lyman
    John Gerstner has called Turretin "the most precise theologian in the Calvinistic tradition."


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