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A Geerhardus Vos Anthology: Biblical And Theological Insights Alphabetically Arranged [Paperback]

By Danny E. Olinger (Author) & Geerhardus Vos (Author)
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Pages   375
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.24" Height: 1.03"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 4, 2005
Publisher   P & R Publishing
ISBN  0875526187  
EAN  9780875526188  

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Over a period of sixty-four years, Geerhardus Vos "put before Christendom an unmatched Reformed biblical-theological corpus," writes Danny E. Olinger. "In [these] books, reviews, articles, sermons, and poems, Vos consistently labored to show that the diverse strands of biblical revelation from Genesis to Revelation are centered in Jesus Christ. . . ." For the first time, passages have been extracted from Vos's published and unpublished writings and organized by subject, giving twenty-first-century readers an unparalleled opportunity to learn firsthand what Vos wrote on more than 350 topics.

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Excerpts from Vos's books, sermons, articles, book reviews, and other writings (including many not found in "Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation"), treating more than 350 topics.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Geerhardus Vos (1862-1949), a Dutch American theologian, is considered by many to be the father of modern Reformed biblical theology. He studied at the University of Berlin, the University of Strasburg, and finally Calvin College (then the Theological School of the Christian Reformed Church), where he delivered the lectures that would become the Reformed Dogmatics. Vos held Princeton's new Chair of Biblical Theology from 1893 until his retirement in 1932. His thinking and scholarship deeply influenced the biblical and theological work of Cornelius Van Til, John Murray, Herman Ridderbos, and Richard B. Gaffin Jr.

Richard B. Gaffin Jr. is Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1965. An ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, he has authored and edited a number of biblical and theological works, including Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation: The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos.

Geerhardus Vos was born in 1862 and died in 1949.

Geerhardus Vos has published or released items in the following series...

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Good Introduction with a Slightly Flawed Methodology  Jan 25, 2009
The over-used phrase "father" of one movement or another, is tossed around often with little regard to history or even whether or not the particular movement is important enough to even deserve a "father." However, in the case of Geerhardus Vos, the term "father of Reformed Biblical Theology" is both historically accurate and the movement he birthed is indeed significant.

In 1891 the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary asked that a professorship of biblical theology be created and in 1894 Vos began a tenure at Princeton that would last until his retirement in 1932 (Vos, Caspar Wistar Hodge, and William Park Armstrong were the three conservative faculty members who, for various personal reasons, did not resign from Princeton to join the newly formed Westminster Theological Seminary after the reorganization of Princeton in 1929).

Vos brought the discipline of "Biblical Theology" to both Princeton and Reformed theology despite the concerns that it, according to Benjamin Warfield, that "it came to us wrapped in the swaddling clothes of rationalism, and it was rocked in the cradle of the Hegalian recasting of Christianity" (Calhoun, Princeton Seminary: The Majestic Testimony, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1996], 137). Warfield, however, was both a supporter and close friend of the somewhat shy and self-styled "mystic" and who, along with C. W. Hodge, had given the impetus that led to the formation of the professorship that Vos filled.

Vos' writings were not particularly influential during his lifetime, because as Olinger states, "liberals dismissed his writings while his conservative brethren did not understand them" (2). Because Vos also shied away from the larger denominational and church matters, focusing on duties at the seminary, he was not widely known outside the academic world. However, through his students, notably Ned Stonehouse, John Murray and Cornelius Van Til; Vos' concepts and constructs in Biblical theology enjoyed a wide hearing to generations of students at Westminster. In recent years his works have enjoyed a significant resurgence, particularly, in this reviewers observation, among the younger generation of Reformed pastors and students.

The author has produced an eminently readable and practical introduction to the works of Vos. The introductory chapter (1-27) serves as an excellent window into his life and works. The anthology itself is a series of excerpts from his writings arranged in alphabetical order by topic (the topical categories are listed in the front matter). Each excerpt is clearly identified allowing a deeper examination of the material by the reader. The editor has included a clear list of abbreviations of Vos' works, and a detailed bibliography, but a complete bibliography of Vos' writings would have been a useful addition.

While we recommend this work as a survey of Vos; there was also a sense of dissatisfaction with the overall concept of the book. Vos simply is not the type of author whose works lend themselves well to the "sound bite" approach taken in anthologies. However, significant quotes such as, "Once the sense of allegiance to the Word of God as the old authoritative rule of faith as become weakened, or, while still recognized in theory has ceased to be a loving force in the mind of believers, then the hope of return to the truth once forsaken is reduced to a minimum" (308), will hopefully serve both as an inspiration and a warning to a new generation.

Vos' writings are detailed and tightly wound both in logic and argumentation, grounded in the redemptive-historical hermeneutics of Reformed Theology. His works in Biblical theology, from a thoroughly inerrantist position, was ground-breaking and provocative; and whether or not one agrees with either his methodology or conclusions, interaction with Vos demands deep reading not light skimming of interesting quotations.

Still, this work opens the door to the works of one of the most original thinkers in the Old Princeton tradition, one whose influence some 70 years after his death is perhaps greater than during his life.

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