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Judaizing Calvin: Sixteenth-Century Debates over the Messianic Psalms
Pak, G. Sujin

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010 pp. viii + 216. $65.00

Series Information
Oxford Studies in Historical Theology


Description: By exploring how Martin Luther, Martin Bucer, and John Calvin interpreted a set of eight messianic psalms (Psalms 2, 8, 16, 22, 45, 72, 110, 188), Sujin Pak elucidates key debates about Christological exegesis during the era of the Protestant reformation. More particularly, Pak examines the exegeses of Luther, Bucer, and Calvin in order to (a) reveal their particular theological emphases and reading strategies, (b) identify their debates over the use of Jewish exegesis and the factors leading to charges of 'judaizing' leveled against Calvin, and (c) demonstrate how Psalms reading and the accusation of judaizing serve distinctive purposes of confessional identity formation. In this way, she portrays the beginnings of those distinctive trends that separated Lutheran and Reformed exegetical principles.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Psalms, History of Interpretation

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Review by Susan Gillingham
Published 6/7/2011
Citation: Susan Gillingham, review of G. Sujin Pak, Judaizing Calvin: Sixteenth-Century Debates over the Messianic Psalms, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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