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Prophet: Calvin As Authoritative Interpreter And Reformer

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This chapter talks about Calvin's exegesis and focuses on four key ideas: the Character of the Documents; the Character of the Audience (which is the Church); Covenant Theology; the Belief that Calvin's own era is like that of the prophets. Calvin's primary objective in his exegesis of these prophetic books is to determine the prophet's aim. The chapter commences with an examination of the approach Calvin takes towards, or view he has of, the documents themselves. Finally, it concludes with a note on the basic fact that Calvin, in his exegesis, fundamentally sought one thing and that was to expound the mind of the author or, as he tends to say in these lectures, the prophet's aim (consilium prophetae).

Keywords:Calvin's exegesis; consilium prophetae; prophets



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