2019 Colloquium: "Calvin and the OLD Testament"



As we approach the 500-year anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, the Calvin Studies Society is focusing on the milieu in which Calvin existed. What influential people and writings shaped Calvin? What events occurred which might have impacted Calvin's life and thought? What was "in the air" in the Europe of the 1520s and 1530s? Join us for the next CSS Colloquium as we explore these topics!

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Thomas J. Davis (Indiana University): “For the Beauty of the Earth: Creation, Humankind, and Calvin in the Work of Marilynne Robinson"

Thomas J. Davis is Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.  He is the author of The Devil Likes to Sing (Cascade Books, 2014), This Is My Body: The Presence of Christ in Reformation Thought (Baker Academic, 2008), and has also served as editor for John Calvin's American Legacy (Oxford UP, 2010).


Todd Billings (Western Seminary): “A True Anatomy of the Soul?: The Place of Anger in Calvin's Interpretation of Lament Psalms"

J. Todd Billings is the Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. He is the author of many articles and five books, including Calvin, Participation, and the Gift: The Activity of Believers in Union With Christ (Oxford, 2007) and Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (Baker Academic, 2011); his most recent work is Remembrance, Communion, and Hope: Rediscovering the Gospel at the Lord’s Table (Eerdmans, 2018).


Scott Manetsch (TEDS): “Pastoral Principles and Practice in Calvin’s Commentaries on the Jewish Prophets"

Carrie F. Klaus is Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Modern Languages in French at DePauw University. Her areas of interest include French-language women writers of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries and exchanges among French and English women writers during this period.  She is the translator of the first full-length English-language version of Jeanne de Jussie's Short Chronicle (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), a narrative of the Protestant Reformation of Geneva, and has published articles on Jussie, on Germaine de Staël, and on Brussels-born writer and translator Cornélie Wouters.


Paul Lim (Vanderbilt Divinity School): “Reading Genesis on the Trinity in Post-Reformation England”

John L. Thompson is Professor of Historical Theology and the Gaylen and Susan Byker Professor of Reformed Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.  His research and writing interests focus on the history of biblical interpretation, gender issues, and the theology and exegesis of John Calvin in particular.  Notable publications include Writing the Wrongs: Women of the Old Testament among Biblical Commentators from Philo through the Reformation (Oxford, 2001), Reading the Bible with the Dead: What You Can Learn from the History of Exegesis That You Can't Learn from Exegesis Alone (Eerdmans, 2007), and the initial volume of The Reformation Commentary on Scripture (InterVarsity Press, 2012), on Genesis 1-11.


Christine Kooi (Louisiana State University): "Who were the Israelites in the Netherlandish Reformation?"

Brian C. Brewer is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University.  His areas of research include the worship and sacramental theologies of the Reformation period and the interactions between radical and magisterial reformers.  He is the author of A Pledge of Love: The Anabaptist Sacramental Theology of Balthasar Hubmaier (Paternoster Press, 2012) and the forthcoming Martin Luther and the Seven Sacraments (Baker Academic, 2017).


Michael Vanderweele (Trinity Christian College): “Calvin & Theological Grounds for a Rhetorical Aesthetics: A Reading of Deuteronomy and the Ten Commandments”

Greta Grace Kroeker is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.  She is the author of Erasmus in the Footsteps of Paul (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and co-editor of Religious Diasporas in Early Modern Europe: Strategies of Exile (Pickering & Chatto, 2014).  She is currently working on a project on Religious Compromise during the Age of Reform.

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David Price (Vanderbilt University): “Old Testament imagery in the context of Switzerland in the 1520s and 1530s”

Barbara Pitkin is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Stanford University and President of the Calvin Studies Society. She is the author of What Pure Eyes Could See: Calvin's Doctrine of Faith in Its Exegetical Context (Oxford University Press, 1999) and co-editor of The Formation of Clerical and Confessional Identities in Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2006). Her research focuses on the history of biblical interpretation and early modern understandings of history.


Sujin Pak (Duke Divinity School): “Calvin Beyond Literal and Allegorical Reading: Calvin and OLD TESTAMENT Metaphors”

Barbara Pitkin is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Stanford University and President of the Calvin Studies Socie