Office Hours With Sujin Pak On Calvin’s Hermeneutics And More

Office Hours 2016 full sizeFew Bible interpreters in the history of the church have been as prolific and influential as John Calvin (1509–64). Love or hate him, one cannot ignore him. He wrote commentaries upon much of Scripture. As a humanist, he was a careful, sensitive, reader of texts. He paid careful attention to both the divine and human authorship of the biblical text as well as to its literary qualities. So, even though there is no shortage of biblical commentators, biblical scholars, pastors, theologians, and historians still consult Calvin. Dr Sujin Pak is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs in the Duke Divinity School at Duke University. Her studies focus on the late-medieval and Reformation-era Christianity. She has given attention to Jewish-Christian relations and the history of biblical exegesis. She is author of The Reformation of Prophecy: Early Modern Interpretations of the Prophet and Old Testament Prophecy (2018) and The Judaizing Calvin: 16th-Century Debates Over the Messianic Psalms (2010). She is a Calvin scholar and she was on campus this past academic year, at the invitation of the Westminster Student Association, to give two lectures: “Calvin and Metaphorical Readings of Scripture: Beyond Literal and Allegorical Reading” and “Marie Dentière: A Prophetic and Biblical 16th-Century Voice.”

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  1. Fascinating discussion. When Dr. Pak spoke of Calvin’s interpretation of the burning bush and the properties within that text as pointing to the resilience of the church, I immediately thought of union with Christ.

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