2019 Colloquium: "Calvin and the OLD Testament"



In his dedicatory epistle to Henry, Duke of Vendome, for his commentaries on the Book of Genesis, Calvin states that God has united us with the people of the Old Testament time in the hope of one same inheritance, so that regardless of the distance between their time and ours, we may, “in the mutual agreement of faith and patience, endure the same conflict” (Commentaries on the Book of Genesis, lii). With the same spirit that Calvin expresses regarding the Old Testament people and time, the Calvin Studies Society invites participants to explore Calvin’s view of the Old Testament, to be reminded once again, that we are all one and the same people of God.

A schedule and downloadable, a full-color copy of the Colloquium poster for your department, organization, or church will be available soon.




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 (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School): “Pastoral Principles and Practice in Calvin’s Commentaries on the Jewish Prophets"

Scott Manetsch is Professor of Church History at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  His articles on pastoral theology and practice in the age of the Reformation have appeared in edited volumes as well as in such journals as Church History, Westminster Theological Journal, and Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance. His most recent monograph is Calvin’s Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609 (Oxford, 2012).


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

Paul C.H. Lim is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity Vanderbilt University's Divinity School, and he also teaches in other departments, namely, History, Religious Studies, and Asian Studies.  He specializes in Reformation- and post-Reformation Europe, as well as the history of evangelicalism and global Christianities.  His latest book is Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2012).  He has published two other books in that area: The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (Cambridge, 2008); and In Pursuit of Purity, Unity, and Liberty: Richard Baxter’s Puritan Ecclesiology in Context (Brill, 2004).


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

Christine Kooi is the Lewis, Katheryn and Benjamin Price Professor of European History at Louisiana State University.  Her areas of interest are Early Modern Europe, specifically, the Reformation in the Low Countries.  She has authored many articles, as well as two books: Calvinists and Catholics during Holland’s Golden Age: Heretics and Idolaters (Cambridge, 2012), and Liberty and Religion: Church and State in Leiden’s Reformation 1572-1620 (Brill, 2000)


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

Michael Vander Weele is Professor of English at Trinity Christian College.  His interests lie in the place of religion and literature in public life and the role of liturgy in shaping the life of the church and its members in all aspects of life.  He has published many articles and book chapters, the most recent of which are “The Human Effort to Exchange Stories and Uwem Akpan’s Child Narrators” (Religion & Literature 47:3, fall 2016) and “Are You Alone Wise?” (Books and Culture, November 2013).

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

David H. Price is Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University.  He specializes in the history of the Renaissance and Reformation.  He has written or edited ten books on a variety of topics, including early modern theater, Neo-Latin poetry, Renaissance visual art, the English Bible, and the history of Christian-Jewish relations.  His recent books include The Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (University of Illinois Press, 2015) and Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books (Oxford University Press, 2012).  He is currently working on a new book entitled Defending Judaism / Redefining Christianity, 1500-1789.


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

G. Sujin Pak is Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at Duke Divinity School.  She specializes in the history of Christianity in late medieval and early modern Europe, and he research focuses on the history of biblical interpretation during the Reformation era and the role of biblical exegesis in the history of Christian-Jewish relations.  She has published numerous book chapters and articles; her most recent book is The Judaizing Calvin: Sixteenth-Century Debates over the Messianic Psalms (Oxford, 2009).