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Born Jean Cauvin in Noyon, Picardy, France, John Calvin was only a boy when Martin Luther first raised his challenge concerning indulgences. Calvin was enrolled at the age of 14 at the University of Paris, where he received preliminary training in theology and became an elegant Latinist. However, following the dictates of his father, he left Paris at the age of 19 and went to study law, first at Orleans, then at Bourges, in both of which centers the ideas of Luther were already creating a stir. On his father's death, Calvin returned to Paris, began to study Greek, the language of the New Testament, and decided to devote his life to scholarship. In 1532 he published a commentary on Seneca's De Clementia, but the following year, after experiencing what was considered a sudden conversion, he was forced to flee Paris for his religious views. The next year was given to the study of Hebrew in Basel and to writing the first version of his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion, which he gave to the printer in 1535. The rest of his life-except for a forced exile of three years-he spent in Geneva, where he became chief pastor, without ever being ordained. When he died, the city was solidly on his side, having almost become what one critic called a "theocracy." By then the fourth and much-revised edition of his Institutes had been published in Latin and French, commentaries had appeared on almost the whole Bible, treatises had been written on the Lord's Supper, on the Anabaptists, and on secret Protestants under persecution in France. Thousands of refugees had come to Geneva, and the city-energized by religious fervor-had found room and work for them. Though Calvin was sometimes bitter in his denunciation of those who disagreed with him, intolerant of other points of view, and absolutely sure he was right on the matter of predestination, he was nonetheless one of the great expounders of the faith. From his work the Reformed tradition had its genesis, and from his genius continues to refresh itself. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Institutes of the Christian Religion… (more)
Institutes of the Christian Religion 7,058 copies, 31 reviews
Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set) 1,623 copies, 5 reviews
A Reformation Debate 536 copies, 2 reviews
Genesis 472 copies, 1 review
Sermons on Ephesians 308 copies, 1 review
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On God and Political Duty 210 copies, 2 reviews
Sermons From Job 194 copies
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The Secret Providence of God 145 copies, 1 review
Commentary on The Psalms 88 copies, 2 reviews
Songs Of The Nativity 84 copies, 1 review
Ezekiel I 79 copies
The Christian Life 59 copies, 1 review
Faith Unfeigned 58 copies
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Of Prayer 14 copies
Oeuvres 12 copies
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Sermons 2 copies
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James 2 copies
With A Thankful Heart 1 copy, 1 review
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Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books (Contributor) 505 copies, 1 review
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of… (Contributor, some editions) 418 copies, 1 review
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of… (Contributor, some editions) 313 copies, 4 reviews
Calvin: Commentaries (Library of Christian Classics) (Author, some editions) 160 copies, 3 reviews
A Calvin Treasury (Author, some editions) 75 copies
The Five Points of Calvinism (Author, some editions) 53 copies, 1 review
Puritanism and Liberty (Contributor) 51 copies
What Calvin Says (Author, some editions) 41 copies

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