John Calvin Had 300 Books in His Personal Library

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JH | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, May 31 2015 5:31 PM

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48b).

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 31 2015 7:09 PM

We are all accountable for what we have. Kind of a sobering thought but also kind of inspiring to use it well.

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 31 2015 8:31 PM

We are spoiled indeed. Surely he must of read those well. Geeked

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Todd Frusti | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 31 2015 8:54 PM

We are blessed to have so many resources at our fingertips.   It is hard to picture these theological giants with such small libraries

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Tom Reynolds | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 31 2015 9:35 PM

I'm sure Arminians might argue that he had a few too few books Cool

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Sarel Slabbert | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 31 2015 10:35 PM

Wonder if this number should be regarded in the same sense as money. Today $300 is not much, but a few decades ago it was a huge amount of money. 300 books appear to be a small collection, but perhaps in Calvin's day it was regarded as big (considering the costs and availability of books then).

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 1 2015 12:05 AM

Sarel Slabbert:

Wonder if this number should be regarded in the same sense as money. Today $300 is not much, but a few decades ago it was a huge amount of money. 300 books appear to be a small collection, but perhaps in Calvin's day it was regarded as big (considering the costs and availability of books then).

Precisely what I was thinking.

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NK | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 1 2015 1:33 AM

Tom Reynolds:

I'm sure Arminians might argue that he had a few too few books Cool

Many would argue that he would've benefited from a copy of Free Will-y on his shelf, I'm sure.

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Ronald Quick | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 1 2015 5:24 AM

He only had 300 books because Logos wasn't available then.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 1 2015 6:00 AM

Ronald Quick:

He only had 300 books because Logos wasn't available then.

I wonder how many he would have had if Logos was available.

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Lew Worthington | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 1 2015 6:04 AM

In our defense (if we can be defended), modern pastors and scholars are responsible to know a whole lot more than Calvin was. After all, he was not required to read the works of Calvin. Smile

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Kent | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 2 2015 4:11 PM

Spurgeon's personal library contained 12,000 volumes—1,000 printed before 1700. (The library, 5,103 volumes at the time of its auction, was housed at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, until being moved to Midwestern Baptist Theological College & Seminary in 2006.)

 

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elnwood | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 2 2015 4:59 PM

Calvin quoted and cited an awful lot of different works in his writings, especially in his Institutes. Perhaps he had access to a library?

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