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Johannes Piscator’s (1546–1625) Interpretation of Calvin’s Institutes

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The question of the interpretation of John Calvin in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries has been in vogue for quite some time. This chapter looks at one important Reformed theologian's condensed version of Calvin's Institutes and provides comments about its contribution to a post-Reformation controversy. Before the thesis of the chapter is stated, two pieces of information are necessary to set the context: First, the importance of this Reformed theologian; and second, Johannes Piscator's abridgment of Calvin's Institutes within this genre of writing. Piscator's contribution to the Reformed tradition comes from his connections with major representatives of this tradition and is transmitted through his influence as a teacher and writer. The cohesiveness of the Aphorismi allows for additions to Calvin's thought which Piscator regards as necessary in light of his context and the development of Reformed theology.

Keywords: Aphorismi; Calvin's Institutes; Johannes Piscator; post-Reformation controversy



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