Monday, April 1, 2013
Calvin by Bruce Gordon
The former is certainly correct that Scripture is the Word of God while Barth holds a slippery view of Scripture that it witnesses the Word of God, a human and divine creation and because of the human element or authorship of the Bible makes Scripture fallible, as Calvin would insist to the contrary. Bruce Gordon's Calvin (2009) is a welcome addition to the many biographies of Calvin published in the last few decades. Calvin first studied philosophy in Paris when he was 14 years old, even in his time extremely youthful for a University student. Then he turned to Law when he was 18 or 19 years and graduated in Law when he was 22 years old. It seems that Calvin studied law in two renowned universities, Orleans and Bourges. Calvin already mastered Latin in his early teens and went on to study Greek as a Law student and then Hebrew. Calvin was a published scholar in his early 20s and by the time he gave up his benefaction from the Roman Catholic church he was well on his way to become the reformer the world would remember him for. At 25 years old, Calvin already mastered Latin and Greek and added with Hebrew so that by the time he was appointed Reader of Holy Scripture in Geneva at the age of 27 years he had already published the first edition of Institutes and could preach the OT from the Hebrew text and Greek of the New Testament.
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