John Calvin

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John Calvin.

John Calvin (10 July 1509 - 27 May 1564) was a theologian, religious politician, the most important person in the second generation of the Protestant Reformation, and the founder of Calvinism.

Scholars have debated Calvin's views of Jews and Judaism. Some have argued that Calvin was the least anti-Semitic among all the major reformers of his time, especially in comparison to Martin Luther. Others have argued that Calvin was firmly anti-Semitic. Calvin did not differentiate between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, but he claimed that Jews are a rejected people who must embrace Jesus to re-enter the covenant. Most of Calvin's statements on the Jews of his era were polemical.

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