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This introductory chapter offers a meditation on Calvin's lectures on the Minor Prophets which endeavors to do two things. 1) Concerning Calvin's exegesis of the Twelve Prophets, it demonstrates two closely-related points, first, how a handful of ideas which he brings with him to the text have a profound effect on his interpreting of it and, second, how his interpreting and applying of the text is contextualized with his concerns for the French Reformed Church in mind. 2) Additionally, the study probes this latter point. The chapter addresses Calvin's doctrine of the church, his views on Nicodemism and the situation in the French church, which was of such a concern to Calvin. The chapter entitled Prophet discusses Calvin's prophetic self-awareness, since his calling as prophet was (we argue) the source of the authority which allowed him to do what he did in France.

Keywords:Calvin; exegesis; French church; Minor Prophets; Nicodemism



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