Institutes - Book 4, Chapter 14, Section 2 Question

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W.C. Dean

Puritan Board Freshman
In Beveridge's translation of Calvin's Institutes book IV, chapter 14, section 2, it states:

Meaning of the word sacrament.

"The reason why the ancients used the term in this sense is not obscure. The old interpreter, whenever he wished to render the Greek term 'musterion' into Latin, especially when it was used with reference to divine things, used the word sacramentum."

Is the old interpreter a personification of the early church translation of Greek into Latin, or is Mr. Calvin here referencing a specific translator?

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They're stalling and plotting against me
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He means Jerome. Those renderings occur in the Vulgate, and of course Jerome was by way of eminence an interpreter or translator.
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