25. Calvin

  1. Stephen Westerholm
  1. Anthony N. S. Lane

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch25

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

How to Cite

Lane, A. N. S. (2011) Calvin, in The Blackwell Companion to Paul (ed S. Westerholm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch25

Editor Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Author Information

  1. London School of Theology, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188449

Online ISBN: 9781444395778



  • Calvin, holding a unique place - in the history of Christian thought;
  • Calvin's exegesis value for today - his method, and his understanding of the task of the exegete;
  • Calvin's Pauline commentaries, and Calvin choosing - beginning his biblical exegetical work with the apostle Paul, during his stay at Geneva;
  • Calvin, expounded the Greek text - his own Latin translation, use of existing translations, the Vulgate and Erasmus;
  • Calvin's method, explaining in some key documents - what his strategy was for his biblical commentaries;
  • hermeneutical principles and exegetical practices - study of Calvin's Pauline commentaries;
  • Pauline themes in Calvin, his comments on Romans - Calvin, clearly regarding the Pauline corpus as of crucial importance;
  • Justification by faith - Calvin's doctrine of justification, being thoroughly Pauline;
  • the same Paul, who taught justification by faith - taught judgment by works, Calvin not having a problem with this;
  • doctrine, having a pastoral aim - not in vain do believers strive, imperfectly, for good works


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Calvin's Pauline Commentaries

  • Calvin's Method

  • Hermeneutical Principles and Exegetical Practices

  • Pauline Themes in Calvin

  • Conclusion

  • References