"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."
"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.