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Calvin’s Hermeneutics of the Imprecations of the Psalter

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This chapter analyzes John Calvin's exegesis of the imprecatory texts of the Psalter both in the light of medieval exegesis and in the light of sixteenth-century exegesis of the text. It first provides a short overview of the exegesis of the imprecations of the Psalter, in the early church, in medieval times, and in the era of the Reformation. The chapter discovers the different hermeneutical trends prior to Calvin and develops a paradigm against which Calvin's hermeneutics of the imprecations of the Psalter are evaluated. It then analyzes Calvin's exegesis of two key imprecatory passages of the Psalter. Finally, the chapter highlights the characteristics of Calvin's hermeneutics of the imprecations of the Psalter, indicating the elements of continuity and discontinuity between Calvin and his predecessors and contemporaries, and rehearsing the broader question of modern scholarship's assessment of Calvin's Old Testament exegesis.

Keywords: Calvin's hermeneutics; early Reformation period; John Calvin's exegesis; late-medieval Christians; Old Testament exegesis; Psalter



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