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The Reception Of Paul In Heidelberg: The Pauline Commentaries Of Caspar Olevianus

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For a variety of historiographic reasons, the Heidelberg Calvinists have not always received the attention they deserve. This chapter argues that, in his Pauline commentaries, Caspar Olevianus took the opportunity provided by the biblical text to propound his Calvinist system of doctrine which focused on the double benefit of Christ: justification and sanctification. He was a third generation reformer, but his experience of the Reformation was like that of the first generation in significant ways. Throughout his public career, he experienced the Reformation not as a triumphal movement across Europe, but rather he experienced the Reformation rather like the first generation Reformers, bringing the Reformation doctrine of justification to areas where it had not gained a following. To a remarkable degree, the Reformation was a re-interpretation of the Apostle Paul.

Keywords: Apostle Paul; Caspar Olevianus; Heidelberg; Pauline commentaries; Reformation

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