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Genesis: Crossway Classic Commentaries

Genesis: Crossway Classic Commentaries

John Calvin

| Crossway | 2001

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With its memorable stories and important beginnings, Genesis is one of the most enjoyable Old Testament books. It is more than just a history, however; the Bible’s first book acquaints us with several aspects of the knowledge of God and ourselves, and thus lays the foundation of Christianity.

John Calvin notes four theological themes which run through this ancient book and into our hearts and lives today—including our ruinous guilt with its resulting radical alienation from God, and God’s pervasive love which redeems us. Calvin’s ability to discern character and motivation from clues in the text, blended with his understanding of humanity’s condition, creates a work that is constantly probing and practical—a thought-provoking and faithful exploration of this great book.

Author Bio

John Calvin (1509–1564), one of the most important thinkers in church history, was a prominent French theologian during the Protestant Reformation and the father of Calvinism. His theological works, biblical commentaries, tracts, treatises, sermons, and letters helped establish the Reformation throughout Europe.

Calvinism has spawned movements and sparked controversy throughout the centuries. Calvin began his work in the church at the age of 12, intending to train for the priesthood. Calvin attended the Collège de la Marche in Paris at 14, 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; both appear in the Calvin 500 Collection.