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Calvin's Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609 (Oxford Studies in Historical Theology) Paperback – February 1, 2015

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (February 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0190224479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0190224479
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Manetsch's impressive utilization of such a wide range of sources allows the reader access to a complex and more complete picture of the interplay between theological ideas and pastoral practices in Reformation-era Geneva."
--Church History

"Considering the depth of research, breadth of topics and engaging style of writing, it would be hard to improve upon Manetsch's book. It is an impressive example of scholarship that should be emulated by future historians."
--The Master's Seminary Journal

"Full of fresh scholarship (including analysis of records never examined closely), Calvin's Company of Pastors is a fascinating read." --The Gospel Coalition

"This is a quite superb book. It is not only outstanding as a well-written piece of original historical research. It is also most informative concerning the reasons why Reformed and Presbyterian churches came to think about the ministry in the ways they do. Buy it."

"In this rich and illuminating book, Scott Manetsch introduces readers to the fascinating cast of characters who served as Geneva's ministers from 1536-1609. By carefully combining social history with historical theology, Manetsch probes the connection between pastoral theology and concrete practice among these ministers, presenting a marvelous portrait of Genevan pastoral life in Calvin's day and afterward. Lucidly written, this book is a treasure for exploring pastoral identity in the Reformation context."--J. Todd Billings, Associate Professor of Reformed Theology, Western Theological Seminary

"Calvin's Company of Pastors is an engaging and exhilarating synthesis of the prodigious research conducted in the Genevan archives for the past fifty years. Manetsch artfully describes everyday church life in the wake of the Reformation but does so through the eyes of three generations of pastors. We thereby learn through details both amusing and poignant just what it was like to accept a call to the pastorate, even as we discover ways in which Calvin did and did not shape the later course of the Genevan church. The book is a compelling introduction to Calvin and his memorable successors as well as a significant contribution to the history of pastoral theology."--John L. Thompson, author of Reading the Bible with the Dead: What You Can Learn from the History of Exegesis that You Can't Learn from Exegesis Alone

"Scott Manetsch joins an innovative group in broadening our perspective on the Swiss Reformation, looking beyond Calvin to see how the Reformer's spiritual heirs and followers sustained and modified his legacy in Geneva and surrounding villages. All who are interested in Calvin and Reformed studies will want to absorb the riveting information gathered here concerning the Genevan ministers' class background, education, economic status, marital choices, weekly work assignments, living conditions, hardships, disciplinary fervor, and vulnerability."--Susan Karant-Nunn, Regents' Professor of History and Director of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, University of Arizona

About the Author

Scott M. Manetsch is Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Plant on April 19, 2013
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If human problems ( and therefore, ecclesial problems) are cyclical, than author Scott Manetsch has done a good service for modern pastors in culling together the thoughts, practice and relationships within Calvin's Company of Pastors in Geneva, following his return from exile. A great resource for pastors looking for precedence in practice and a swift read for anyone interested in history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Smith on July 27, 2014
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Wonderfully researched with much detailed information on the functioning, relationships, family life and ministries of the men who made up the company of pastors in the years covered. Gives a realistic picture of these men and the challenges they faced and also the complexities of ministry within the sacral perspective of the times. It is honest in presenting mistakes and faults without falling prey to the modern spirit of historical cynicism because it also highlights the sincere concern evident in the leaders of the Genevan congregations to honor God in his church and to promote the truth of the gospel. The book also contributes helpful information and perspective concerning the tendency in some modern scholarship to pit Calvin against Beza or Calvin against the Calvinists by showing the general continuity between Calvin and the generation of pastors in Geneva immediately following him while at the same time not denying but showing subtle shifts in emphasis or continued development that did occur with respect to certain doctrinal and practical points. I highly recommend the book as well written, enjoyable to read, well researched, highly informative and as a vital and scholarly resource in the study of reformation history and also a helpful contribution in the area of pastoral theology.
Jeffery Smith
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Coconut Creek Fl
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