Scott M. Manetsch

in Calvin's Company of Pastors

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199938575
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980741 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology


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In addition to stating the purpose and central arguments of the book, this introductory chapter summarizes the state of scholarship on the clerical office in early modern Europe. It identifies and briefly discusses four different trajectories in recent literature on the subject: 1. local and regional studies of Protestant clergy and clerical institutions; 2. comparative studies of the theological structure and practical function of Catholic and Protestant ministers; 3. long-term statistical studies of the social profile of European clergy, employing the method of Sozialbiographie; 4. specialized studies of clerical activities, including preaching, moral discipline, and the celebration of the sacraments. The introduction concludes by surveying scholarly literature related to Calvin and the office of reformed minister in sixteenth-century Geneva.

Keywords: clerical office; John Calvin; pastors; pastoral theology; Sozialbiographie; reformed church; Geneva

Chapter.  4718 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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