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John Calvin as sixteenth-century prophet

Author: Jon Balserak
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This study examines Calvin's belief that he was a prophet 'placed over nations and kingdoms to tear down and destroy, to build and to plant'. With this authority, Calvin pursued an expansionist agenda which blended religious, political, and social aspects towards the goal of a Protestant France.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Balserak, Jon.
John Calvin as sixteenth-century prophet.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014
xiii, 208 pages
(DLC) 17820987
Named Person: Jean Calvin; Jean Calvin
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Balserak
ISBN: 9780191008276 0191008273
OCLC Number: 874161160
Description: 1 online resource (223 pages)
Contents: Cover; John Calvin as Sixteenth-Century Prophet; Copyright; Dedication; Acknowledgments; Contents; Abbreviations; 1: The "I" of Calvin; CALVIN'S PROPHETIC AWARENESS REVISITED; Calvin on Prophecy: Revealing his Apparent Inconsistency; STRUCTURE AND AIMS; 2: Prophets and Prophecy up to Calvin; PROPHECY IN EARLY AND MEDIEVAL WESTERN CHRISTENDOM; Early and Medieval Thinking on Prophecy: Tradition 1; Early and Medieval Thinking on Prophecy: Tradition 2; The Two Traditions in the Middle Ages; The Existence of Prophets in the Middle Ages; THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD General Context: The Early Modern Era and the Two Traditions on ProphecyIDOLATRY, ANABAPTISTS, AND PROPHECY; The Confusion Caused by Anabaptism; THE EARLY MODERN PROPHET-REFORMER; 3: Calvin, the Prophet; IDENTIFYING CALVIN'S PREFERENCE FOR OLD TREATMENT PROPHECY; Historical Distance and Ambiguity: Calvin on the New Testament Office of Prophet; Relevance and Familiarity: Calvin on the Old Testament Prophetic Office; MAKING SENSE OF THIS PREFERENCE: CALVIN'S EMULATION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS; FROM EMULATION TO IDENTIFICATION: CALVIN AS (OLD TESTAMENT) PROPHET; SUMMARY 4: Calvin, the Prophets, and the French (Holy) WarsA HOLY ZEAL? CALVIN'S EFFORTS TO REFORM FRANCE; PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE: WAR AND CALVIN'S PLANS FOR FRENCH REFORM; 5: War and Calvin's Purpose in his Training Lectures; THE ORIGINS OF WARFARE: PAPISTS, IDOLATRY, AND EARLY MODERN FRANCE; The Madness of the Idolaters; The Incurable Condition of Idolaters (including Nicodemites); We Shall Overcome; RAISING UP PROPHETS FOR WAR; Calvin's School for the Prophets; Prophetic Authority and Calling; Calvin's Prophets Raised up by God to Replace the Catholic Priests TRAINING FOR WARFARE: CALVIN ON THE FRENCHMONARCHY AND CIVIL AUTHORITIESThe King's Prerogative?; All Monarchs are Selfish, Inhuman, and Mad; Calvin's "Seditious" Prophets: Monarchs are Tyrannical and Enemies of Christ's Gospel; WARFARE AND PRAYER: ENTREATING THE LORD OF HOSTS FOR VICTORY OVER THE GODLESS ENEMY; CALVIN'S LECTURES AS WAR PREPARATIONS; THE PROPHET AND HIS HOLY WAR; 6: Reducing the World to Order; Bibliography; Index
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