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A Theological Guide to Calvin's Institutes (Hall & Lillback, eds.)

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A Theological Guide to Calvin's Institutes, edited by David W. Hall and Peter A. Lillback, fills a gap in the literature for Reformation studies. Twenty leading Calvin scholars have contributed to a work that ably provides a section-by-section commentary on Calvin's magnum opus.

Capturing both the best of elite scholarship, as well as exhibiting a firm understanding of and passion for Calvin's own work, these essays provide definitive commentary from elite Calvin scholars who seek to elucidate his work and display its abiding value.

This long-needed work serves as the natural companion to Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion for classes, students, pastors, and others for years to come.

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Table of Contents:

  1. The Historical Context of the Institutes as a Work in Theology – William S. Barker
  2. A Primal and Simple Knowledge – K. Scott Oliphint
  3. Calvin’s Doctrine of Holy Scripture – Robert L. Reymond
  4. The True and Triune God: Calvin’s Doctrine of the Holy Trinity – Douglas F. Kelly
  5. Election and Predestination: The Sovereign Expressions of God – R. Scott Clark
  6. Creation and Providence – Joseph A. Pipa Jr.
  7. A Shattered Vase: The Tragedy of Sin in Calvin’s Thought – Michael S. Horton
  8. Calvin’s Interpretation of the History of Salvation: The Continuity and Discontinuity of the Covenant – Peter A. Lillback
  9. The Mediator of the Covenant – Derek W. H. Thomas
  10. Calvin on Christ’s Saving Work – Robert A. Peterson
  11. Justification and Union With Christ – Richard B. Gaffin Jr.
  12. Appropriating Salvation: The Spirit, Faith and Assurance, and Repentance – Joel R. Beeke
  13. The Law and the Spirit of Christ – David Clyde Jones
  14. Ethics: The Christian Life and Good Works according to Calvin – William Edgar
  15. Prayer: “The Chief Exercise of Faith” – David B. Calhoun
  16. Calvin, Worship, and the Sacraments – W. Roberts Godfrey
  17. John Calvin’s View of Church Government – Joseph H. Hall
  18. Calvin on Human Government and the State – David W. Hall
  19. Calvin’s Doctrine of the Last Things: The Resurrection of the Body and the Life Everlasting – Cornelis P. Venema
  20. Essential Calvin Bibliography – Richard C. Gamble and Zachary John Kail


"For making Calvin known today as well as once he was, and in every age deserves to be, this really is a major step forward." -J. I. Packer, Professor of theology, regent College, Vancouver.


David W. Hall is senior pastor of Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs, Georgia. He is the general editor of the Calvin 500 series. 

Peter A. Lillback is president of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.