John Calvin's sermons on Ezekiel, held between 1552 and 1554 in the church 'la Madeleine' in Geneva and now studied for the first time, offer intriguing material on his exposition of prophetic visions. The manuscripts disclose the reformer's preaching on the book as a whole, including the visions on the restoration of Israel, Gog and Magog, and the great temple vision.
The first part of this study focuses on the history of patristic, medieval and 16th century exegesis of Ezekiel. The second part is a systematic theological analysis of the hermeneutical principles of Calvin's exposition of visionary revelation. Finally, the sermons on the visions of Ezek. 36-48, a unique specimen of literal historical exegesis with a christological perspective, are analysed.
Erik A. de Boer, Ph.D. (1999) in Theology, University of Geneva, is minister of the Reformed Churches, associated researcher of the Theological University in Kampen (Broederweg), the Netherlands and also Research Associate of the Department of Ecclesiology, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, South-Africa. He prepared a critical edition of Calvin's sermons on Ezekiel 36-38 and is currently writing a monograph on the 'congrégations' in Geneva.
“This is a valuable study which sets the Ezekiel sermons in the context of previous expositions, explores Calvin's sources, expounds the teaching of the sermons and compares this with the stance of others. As the author is almost the only person to have read these sermons since the sixteenth century, there is much for Calvin scholars to learn and the volume will make an excellent companion to the edition of the sermons, when this appears.” – A.N.S. Lane, in:
Lux Mundi (2005)
“… this monograph offers an engaging and important contribution to research on Calvin's exegesis. It is an admirable addition to the growing study of Calvin's homiletical works and will surely encourage further study of his Ezekiel sermons.” – Jon Balserak, in:
The Sixteenth Century Journal (2005)
“...the book in the whole is a model of thorough and careful scholarship…” – William Young, in:
Table of contents
PART I. CALVIN AND THE HISTORY OF EXEGESIS ON EZEKIEL
1. The Church Fathers
2. The Monks
3. The Colleagues
4. The Jews
PART II. JOHN CALVIN ON VISIONARY REVELATION
5. Vision and Doctrine
6. Characteristics of Visionary Revelation
7. ‘Visio’ as Prophetic Performance
PART III THE VISIONS OF EZEK. 37–48 IN CALVIN’S EXPOSITION
8. Promises added to the Threats (Ezek. 36)
9. The Restoration of Israel (Ezek. 37)
10. Gog and Magog (Ezek. 38–39)
11. The New Temple and City (Ezek. 40–48)
Index of Biblical Texts
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
All those interested in the history of biblical exegesis, the history of preaching, Renaissance and Reformation studies.