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This review is from: Institutes of the Christian Religion (Hardcover)
John Calvin is easily the greatest christian mind who has ever lived on the face of the earth. Firstly, his ability to exegete Holy Scripture is unparalled and his ability to systematize all the important doctrines is staggering, all the more so seeing as how he lived during an age with no computers and the even worse, ball point pens.
If you want the most literal translation which is available for purchase get the Beveridge volume (the most literal translation of the original latin is the Norton version, which you cannot purchase except on logos bible software). I've begun to read some of Calvin in the original, and I can testify that this translation is a lot closer to the original than Battle's (although Battle does get commendation for a translation that is easier to read for the modern reader). But if beauty and literalness (if that's a word) is what you desire, get this Beveridge edition, you will not regret it. (Plus, it's in a one packed volume, which makes is easier to carry than the Battle's two).