By Jon Balserak
This booklet is the 1st monograph dedicated to the topic of divine lodging within the writings of John Calvin to seem in any language. The paintings bargains cautious research of the subject alongside numerous diverse strains: it analyzes the nature of Calvin’s pondering on lodging. It supplies an account of the ways that lodging expresses itself in his writings. It probes the query of the penetration of lodging into Calvin’s theology and especially its implications for his doctrine of God. And it compares Calvin’s dealing with of lodging with that of different exegetes to be able to set his pondering in context. In pursuing those concerns, Dr Balserak presents a rigorous attention of the various person areas in Calvin’s corpus the place he discusses lodging. this permits him to set out a precis of the fundamental traits which signify Calvin’s dealing with of the motif. The addition of chapters at the dating of Calvin’s proposal on lodging to his use of the potentia absoluta/ordinata contrast and at the impact of lodging on his perspectives at the fact and applicability of Scripture permits this research to check its subject from diverse angles. This, coupled with the thoroughness of the author’s research, leads to a piece which bargains a considerable reassessment of Calvin's considering on divine lodging.
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He mentions the idea of foreign nations attacking God, as was said. But additionally, he turns his attention to a different concern; indeed one not touched on by any other exegete whom we are aware of. This concern has to do with the nature of God and his engagement with his people. ’41 It is degrading, Calvin feels, to describe God in this way. God has no fondness for nor any need of such things. Thus, Calvin declares that God is speaking after the manner of human beings; putting on, Calvin says, ‘a character not his own,’ since he has no need of such things, and does not take pleasure in them.
Charo... Opera omnia in universum Vetus & Novum Testamentum (Venetiis : apud Sessas, 1600), 5, fol. 181v; Lyra, Biblia Sacra, 4, fol. 356v. 35 Commentaria Bibliorum (Zurich: Christoph Froschauer, 1532-35), 1, fol. 27v-29r. 36 In Io helem Prophetam, qui e duodecim secundus est, Francisci Lamberti Auenionensis Commentarii (Straussburg, 1525), 48-49. 37 Calvin adheres to a more historical reading, which gives priority to the time of the prophet himself. Despite these differences, however, a common theme is found in most of these expositions, namely, that in attacking God’s people, Tyre and Sidon and these other foreign nations had attacked God himself.
These hyperbolic terms seem to set out something inconsistent. For what could be more alien to God’s glory than to exult like human beings when influenced by joy arising from love? It seems then that the very nature of God repudiates these modes of expression. In fact the prophet seems as though he had removed God from his celestial throne in heaven to earth. ’ (Ovid. Met. Lib. 2: 846-7) God represents himself here as a husband who burns with intense love for his wife; and this does not seem (as we have said) to be suitable to his glory.