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Isaiah: Crossway Classic Commentaries

Isaiah: Crossway Classic Commentaries

John Calvin

| Crossway | 2000

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Rich imagery and glimpses of God’s character abound in the book of Isaiah. Even as the prophet cried out against Judah’s empty idolatry and warned of the judgment they would receive, he stressed God’s holiness, patience, and mercy. Redemption is Isaiah’s central theme, evidenced in his declarations about Judah.s temporal need for salvation—and every person’s eternal need. Consequently Isaiah, more than any other prophet, foretold the coming of the Messiah and all that would follow.

John Calvin delights to point out the numerous passages that were fulfilled during Christ’s earthly ministry, and with anticipation, he expounds upon those which are yet to be realized. Accordingly, he explains Isaiah’s emphasis on God’s attributes and the prophet’s message that salvation is God’s chief work. The lessons in Isaiah are powerful and, with Calvin’s insightful commentary, are sure to inspire every believer.

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.