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The Life of John Calvin - A Modern Translation of the Classic by Theodore Beza

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The study of the life and thought of John Calvin is not merely the study of a figure who once graced the scene of history, but is also an important means of gaining a deeper understanding of the present. Even though comparatively few read Calvin's works today, his thought is subtly woven into the texture of modern Western society. Such diverse areas as the modern market ec ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by EP BOOKS (first published January 1st 1909)
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Primary biographical sources like this one are a treasure, especially when the biographer was one of the closest friends of the person he wrote about, like this one. Beza's love for Calvin as a brother in Christ, a pastor, a friend, and fellow laborer is a blessing. An added bonus is Beza's summaries of all the written and spoken defenses Calvin did for true doctrine (including a complete list of every heretic or disputor that crossed paths with Calvin). I loved the (small!) section about his wi ...more
Ryan Handermann
There is a set of four lives of the reformers, but it is nto entirely translated: Vitae quattuor reformatorum. Included is this life of Calvin by Beza, A life of Luther by Melanchthon, a life of Melanchthon by Joachim Camerarius, and a life of Zwingli by Oswald Myconius. Anybody know where to find these translations?
Jacob Stubbs
This biography of Calvin offers an interesting hagiography of the man. Beza was writing to counteract many of the negative biographies that Calvin's enemies were dissimulating. Reading Calvin's will was by far the most interesting portion of this short work.
The first biography of Calvin, written by his successor.
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