Which Edition of Calvin’s Institutes?

I’m considering purchasing Calvin’s Institutes. The question is, which edition? My two options:

The 1541 edition – The newest translation, done by Eerdman’s. I’m told it reflects more of a pastoral viewpoint, rather than the heavier systematic theology apparent in later editions.

The 1559 edition – Supposedly the definitive edition, containing both an excellent translation and all the theological content. 

What are the pros and cons of each?


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  1. #1 by Kent on April 22, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    The Logos Bible Software edition of the Institutes in the Calvin 500 Collection actually contains five editions, including the 1559 Latin and 1560 French edition, plus three English translations for comparative study. I thought you might be interested. Check out http://www.calvin500.com.

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