Calvin's Institutes: 1541 edition vs the final edition.

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Regi Addictissimus

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Good day. I know there have been a few older threads about the different translations of the Institutes. Now that the 1541 edition has been out for sometime, I am wondering if anyone has read this one along with his final edition and compared them. I presently only own the 1541 edition published by the Banner. I am wondering if I am missing out on a good bit of his theology by reading this one. Also, I know this was a revised edition of the one he wrote shortly after his conversion. His grasp of theology and Scriptures obviously matured from this one to his final edition. Should I read the final edition first and then circle back around to this one? Thanks for any input.
 

Regi Addictissimus

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Thank you as always! This seems to be the information I am seeking. I am on a big Calvin kick. I am challenging myself to read as much by him as possible. I am aiming to reading one of his commentaries per month along with miscellaneous works by him.
 

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I am challenging myself to read as much by him as possible. I am aiming to reading one of his commentaries per month along with miscellaneous works by him.
One commentary per month is a big task, but contrary to popular assumption, Calvin is a remarkably easy read. He was a brilliant writer and Latinist, capable of putting profound thoughts in simple words. He is deep as the ocean, but accessible as a story book.
 

Regi Addictissimus

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Can anyone recommend some good sources on Calvin's life? I am thinking about getting
One commentary per month is a big task, but contrary to popular assumption, Calvin is a remarkably easy read. He was a brilliant writer and Latinist, capable of putting profound thoughts in simple words. He is deep as the ocean, but accessible as a story book.
He is indeed very lucid. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything that I have read by him. I particularly enjoy his sermons.
 

Regi Addictissimus

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One great way to do this would be to read the full and final edition of Calvin's Instiutes with two excellent study guides - "A Theological Guide to Calvin's Institutes" and "Knowing God and Ourselves: Reading Calvin's Institutes Devotionally". Both books make good use of Calvin's commentaries and other writings as they guide you through the Institutes.
I have "Knowing God and Ourselves" along with "Zeal for Godliness." Our men's study is using "Zeal" with "Institutes." Both have been helpful. I abandoned them to move faster though the "Institutes."
 
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