Sujin Pak on the Judaizing Calvin

Judaizing CalvinA brief review of The Judaizing Calvin: Sixteenth-Century Debates over the Messianic Psalms

G. Sujin Pak’s excellent study is well worth a small investment of time and money for those who are interested in the Old Testament-New Testament debates, Christian use of the Psalms, or Calvin himself.

There was clearly a diversity within early Protestant approaches to exegesis, not least on the issue of Christ and the Hebrew Bible, and she brings this out in a most illuminating and thought-provoking way.

Lutheran and Calvinist interpreters had different ideas on how to go about locating the Psalms in terms of biblical theology, and identifying their literal and historical sense, while remaining equally keen to distinguish their hermeneutics from both Roman Catholic and Jewish interpretations. Those interested in the interpretation of the Psalms particularly addressed here (Psalms 2, 8, 16, 22, 45, 72, 110, and 118) or who have an interest in modern debates over Christological readings of the Old Testament will be fascinated by this rich and sophisticated study.

This review first appeared in Churchman 128/2 (2014).

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