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

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  1. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Junior

    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.
     
  2. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Junior

    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.
     
  3. Stephen L Smith

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  4. Taylor Sexton

    Taylor Sexton Puritan Board Junior

    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.
     
  5. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Junior

    Can anyone recommend some good sources on Calvin's life? I am thinking about getting
    He is indeed very lucid. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything that I have read by him. I particularly enjoy his sermons.
     
  6. Taylor Sexton

    Taylor Sexton Puritan Board Junior

    Bruce Gordon’s recent biography is fantastic. He is actually a little critical of Calvin, but that to me only ensures that his biography stays away from hagiography. I had to read it for my Calvin class in seminary.
     
  7. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Moderator Staff Member

  8. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Junior

    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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