Calvin’s Doctrine of the Work of Christ

By John Frederick Jansen

A seminal re-evaluation of Calvin’s Christology focussing on his doctrine of Christ’s work.

ISBN: 9780227176801


The revival of interest in the Protestant Reformation in the mid-twentieth century was marked by several studies of John Calvin. J.F. Jansen, however, noted that these had shed new light on almost every aspect of his thought except that which lies at the heart of his theology – the doctrine of Christ’s work.
In Calvin’s Doctrine of the Work of Christ, Jansen corrects this omission, providing a fresh study of Calvin’s work in this area with special reference to his exegetical writings. Besides critiquing Calvin’s development of the doctrine, he also examines the traditional theological formula of the three offices of Christ as prophet, priest and king. Reacting against the return to this formula by contemporary theologians such as Emil Brunner, he shows that an alternative conception of Christ’s work is possible.

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About the Author

John Frederick Jansen wrote Calvin’s Doctrine of the Work of Christ while Professor of Religion at Hanover College in Indiana, but his interest in Calvin and Christology was first awakened during his graduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. He went on to be Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas.