John Calvin Commentary Series | Reviews, Theology, Pictures

John CalvinJohn Calvin, a prolific scholar and French theologian, was a pastor during the Protestant Reformation and a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology now known as Calvinism.

Calvin’s Commentaries series, in hardback form, contains 22 volumes, including commentaries on 24 books of the Old Testament and all of the New Testament except for 2 and 3 John as well as Revelation.

Calvin completed these commentaries in a 15 year span from 1540-1555.

Calvin’s Commentaries are, in the words of historian Philip Schaff, one of the few exegetical works that have outlived their generation.

Calvin preached and wrote prolifically on the Bible. His commentaries display a rare combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians.

Calvin wrote commentaries on most books of the Bible, and is best known for his commentaries on the Pauline epistles, his harmony of the Gospels, and his 5-volume work on the Psalms.

Praise for Calvin’s Commentaries

“What is it about Calvin that so inspires me? This: his disciplined style, his determination never to speculate, his utter submission to Bible words as God’s words, his submission to Christ’s Lordship, his sense of the holy, his concern to be as practical as possible; the fact that godly living was his aim and not theology for the sake of it. In a forest of theologians, Calvin stands like a Californian Redwood, towering over everyone else.”

— Derek Thomas, Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

“[Calvin] easily takes the lead among the systematic expounders of the Reformed system of Christian doctrine. . . Calvin’s theology is based upon a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He was the ablest exegete among the Reformers, and his commentaries rank among the very best of ancient and modern times. His theology, therefore, is biblical rather than scholastic, and has all the freshness of enthusiastic devotion to the truths of God’s Word. At the same time he was a consummate logician and dialectician. He had a rare power of clear, strong, convincing statement. He built up a body of doctrines which is called after him, and which obtained symbolical authority through some of the leading Reformed Confessions of Faith.”

— Philip Schaff, author, History of the Christian Church

“Calvin’s theological heritage has proved fertile perhaps to a greater extent than any other Protestant writer. Richard Baxter, Jonathan Edwards, and Karl Barth, in their very different ways, bear witness to the pivotal role that Calvin’s ideas have played in shaping Protestant self-perceptions down the centuries. . . . It is impossible to understand modern Protestantism without coming to terms with Calvin’s legacy to the movement which he did so much to nourish and sustain.”

– Alister E. McGrath, Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education, and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture at King’s College, London, England

Volumes in the series

John Calvin CommentariesThe links below are to Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries, a series published by Eerdmans Publishing Company. These paperbacks are high-quality, affordable, and contain readable English translations.

Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: Matthew, Mark and Luke

Translator: A. W. Morrison

Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: John 1-10

Translator: T. H. L. Parker

Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: John 11-21

Translator: T. H. L. Parker

Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: Acts 1-13

Translator: W. J. G. McDonald

Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: Acts 14-28

Translator: W. J. G. McDonald

Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: Romans and Thessalonians

Translator: R. Mackenzie

Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: 1 Corinthians

Translator: John W. Fraser

Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: 2 Corinthians and Timothy, Titus, & Philemon

Translator: T. A. Smail

Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians

Translator: T. H. L. Parker

Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: Hebrews and 1 & 2 Peter

Translator: William B. Johnston


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