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The Judaizing CalvinSixteenth-Century Debates over the Messianic Psalms$
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G. Sujin Pak

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195371925

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371925.001.0001

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The Judaizing Calvin

The Judaizing Calvin

The Debate of Hunnius and Pareus

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The Judaizing Calvin

G. Sujin Pak

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the debate over Calvin's exegesis between the Lutheran Aegidius Hunnius and the Reformed theologian David Pareus, with focus on Calvin's exegesis of the Psalms. Hunnius accuses Calvin of a “judaizing” exegesis because Calvin appears to him to have undermined the christological and Trinitarian readings of Scripture. Specifically, Hunnius accuses Calvin of the arrogance of exalting his own interpretation above those of the church fathers and the apostles themselves, who read these Psalms as literal prophecies of Christ. Pareus defends Calvin by appealing to Calvin's use of typology, with which Calvin often does give christological readings of these Psalms through reference to David as a type of Christ. From this debate, the author suggests that one can see the beginnings of differences between Lutheran and Reformed exegetical principles.

Keywords:   Hunnius, Pareus, Calvin, judaizing, typology, literal, christological, Lutheran, Reformed

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