Jean Calvin

10 July 1509–27 May 1564


Jean Calvin, 16th century, Geneva, Bibliothèque Publique et Universitaire.

Featured Psalms:

Maintenant Seigneur Dieu

Collections of Psalms:

Aulcuns pseaulmes et cantiques mys en chant

Strasbourg (1539): WorldCat
Facsimile by Jullien (Geneva, 1919): PDF

La manyere de faire prieres . . . ensemble pseaumes et cantiques

Strasbourg (1542): WorldCat
Facsimile (1981): WorldCat

La forme des prières et chants ecclésiastiques

Geneva (1542): WorldCat
Bärenreiter facsimile (1959): WorldCat

La forme des prières et chants ecclésiastiques (Strasbourg, 1545)

Pseaumes de David . . . avec plusieurs autres compositions (Strasbourg, 1548)

Pseaumes de David . . . par C. Marot, avec plusieurs cantiques (Strasbourg, 1553): WorldCat

Psalmes de David (Paris, 1561)

Note: This list only includes psalters in which Calvin’s paraphrases appeared. See also the list for Clément Marot.


Richard R. Terry, Calvin’s First Psalter (London: Ernest Benn, 1932): WorldCat

Waldo Selden Pratt, The Music of the French Psalter of 1562: A Historical Survey and Analysis, with the Music in Modern Notation (NY: Columbia University Press, 1939): WorldCat

Pierre Pidoux, Le Psautier huguenot du XVIe siècle, 3 vols. (Bärenreiter, 1962): WorldCat


Karl Barth, Theology of John Calvin (Eerdmans, 1922 / 1995): Amazon

Alister McGrath, A Life of John Calvin (Wiley-Blackwell, 1993): Amazon

T.H.L. Parker, John Calvin: A Biography (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007): Amazon

David W. Hall, The Legacy of John Calvin: His Influence on the Modern World (P&R Publishing, 2008): Amazon

Robert L. Reymond, John Calvin: His Life and Influence (Christian Focus, 2008): Amazon

W. Robert Godfrey, John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor (Crossway, 2009): Amazon

Herman J. Selderhuis, John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life (IVP Academic, 2009): Amazon

Bruce Gordon, Calvin (Yale University Press, 2011): Amazon

Donald K. McKim, John Calvin: A Companion to His Life and Theology (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015): Amazon

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Related Resources:

H. Leigh Bennett, “French Psalters,” ed. John Julian, A Dictionary of Hymnology (London, 1892), pp. 932-936: Google Books

Waldo Selden Pratt, “The significance of the old French psalter,” Papers of the Hymn Society (NY: The Hymn Society, 1933): PDF

John H. Gerstner Jr., “Singing the words God has put in our mouths: A personalized account of the 1551 Genevan Psalter,” The Hymn, vol. 4, no. 1 (Jan. 1953), pp. 69-76: HathtiTrust

Allan Bruce Mullinax, Martin Bucer and the Strasbourg Song Book, 1541, MCM thesis (Louisville: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1984): WorldCat

Cecil M. Roper, “Strasbourg and the origin of metrical psalmody,” The Hymn, vol. 49, no. 4 (Oct. 1998), pp. 12-17: HathiTrust

Robert Weeda, Le Psautier de Calvin: l'histoire d'un livre populaire au XVIe siècle (1551-1598) (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2002): WorldCat

Emily R. Brink, “A reformed approach to psalmody: The legacy of the Genevan Psalter,” The Hymn, vol. 56, no. 1 (Winter 2005), pp. 16-25: HathiTrust

Duck Schuler, “The history of the Genevan psalter,” Credenda Agenda, vol. 13, no. 2 (2007): PDF

Karin Maag, Lifting Hearts to the Lord: Worship with John Calvin in Sixteenth-Century Geneva (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016): Amazon

Karin Maag, “No better songs: John Calvin and the Genevan Psalter in the sixteenth century and today,” The Hymn, vol. 68, no. 4 (Autumn 2017), pp. 28-33.

Édith Weber, “Jean Calvin,” Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology: