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