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“We Cannot Taste the Divine Mercy Otherwise than through the Word”

In commenting on Psalm 138.2, Calvin emphasizes the priority of the Word in the communication to us of the divine mercy–God’s “unspeakable mercy” that “condescend[s] to address [us] in a familiar manner.” I will worship towards the temple  of thy holiness. [David] intimates that he would show more than private gratitude, and, in order to set […]

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Hemmingsen’s Principium of Theology (2)

Last time we noted that Niels Hemmingsen finds two “prefaces” (prooemia) to the Decalogue: “And God spoke all these words, saying” and “‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery’”). In the first, the (inspired) authorial comment that precedes God’s speech reported in […]

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Hemmingsen’s Principium of Theology (1)

In a close discussion of the prooemium to the Ten Commandents (“And God spoke all these words, saying, ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery’”), Niels Hemmingsen finds the principium, or first principle, of theology: the Word of the Lord. Because he considers the prooemium […]