Daniel 1-6 (Calvin's Old Testament Commentary Series)
Calvin began his lectures on Daniel on 12th June 1559 and completed them in early April 1560. In his 14th September 1561 dedication "to all sincere worshippers of God who desire the kingdom of Christ to be rightly constituted in...
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Calvin began his lectures on Daniel on 12th June 1559 and completed them in early April 1560. In his 14th September 1561 dedication "to all sincere worshippers of God who desire the kingdom of Christ to be rightly constituted in France", he compared the situation of Daniel and his companions with that of the persecuted saints in France. Whether or not he undertook to lecture on Daniel with their plight in mind, he saw the opportunity afforded him by the publication of these lectures as providential, enabling him to illustrate to them how God proves the faith of his people by various trials.
These centuries-old expositions still offer a coherent, classic, Christ-centered interpretation of the prophet Daniel. John Calvin's prayers at the end of each chaper are also noteworthy.
John Calvin, born in 1509 and designated for the Catholic priesthood by his father, became the great French Protestant reformer famous for his doctrine of predestination and his theocratic view of the state. In Geneva, he rejected Papal authority, established a new scheme of civic and ecclesiastical governance, and created a central hub from which Reformed theology was propagated. He engaged in long bitter struggles over the independence of the Church from the State and the rules he tried to impose on Geneva as a whole. The Institutes of the Christian Religion, one of the most famous theological books ever published established Calvin's system of doctrine and Church which has shaped more minds and entered into more nations than that of any other reformer. When he died in Geneva in 1564, he left both a city and a world transformed by the impact of his ideas and beliefs. - Publisher.