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Letters of Geerhardus Vos [Hardcover]

By Geerhardus Vos (Author) & Jr. Dennison James T. (Author)
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Pages   274
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   1.13 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   P & R PUBLISHING #97
ISBN  0875521878  
EAN  9780875521879  

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Includes 84 letters written to Kuyper, Bavinck, Warfield, Machen, and others; the editor's biography of Vos and the editor's bibliography of Vos's writings.

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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.

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The Father of Reformed Biblical Theology  Jun 12, 2007
Geerhardus Vos is known as the father of Reformed biblical theology (i.e. the discipline that seeks to do justice to the teaching of the whole Bible, Genesis to Revelation, redemptive history etc). Vos has been very influential to many people, and this is why I wanted to learn a little about the man. When one reads Goldsworthy, Clowney, Ladd, Ridderbos, Gaffin (and virtually all the guys at Westminster Philly), you know you are reading men who are standing on the shoulders of Vos. I am fascinated by these early Princeton and Westminster guys (Hodge, Machen, Warfield, Stonehouse, Murray) and Vos and Van Til in particular. B.B. Warfield regarded Vos as "probably the best exegete Princeton ever had." Unfortunately, Vos was not very well known by anyone. It seems as if he liked it that way. He was born in Holland in 1862, studied under the Hodge brothers at Princeton, and ended up doing his doctorate at the University of Strassburg. His dissertation was an exercise in Arabic textual criticism and the title was "The Struggle and Quarrel between the Umaads and the Hashimites." Don't ask me.
He is known for emphasizing that "eschatology is the mother of theology." He took the chair of biblical theology at Princeton in 1893. He married Catherine in 1894 and had 4 kids. He liked to take walks and write poetry (part of the book contains several of his poems). He went to a rural town called Roaring Branch for 26 consecutive summers. They had a house there, and he had it moved even further out of the rural town and his neighbors never remember talking to the man or his wife. Geerhardus gets an F for missional living. He seems to have been somewhat anti-social towards those he didn't know very well. He retired to Southern Cali in 1932. He died in 1949 and Cornelius Van Til preached from 2 Cor. 5.1. One interesting fact about Vos's life is that he was around and agreed with Machen who left Princeton to found Westminster Seminary to maintain orthodoxy. No one is sure why Vos stayed.
This book will be of little interest to most. The biography was interesting to me but it had quite a bit of info on Presbyterian denomenational controversey. I merely perused most of the letters except for some that were written to Machen, Warfield, and Bavinck. While this book may not ever make it to your shelf, I highly encourage the study of biblical theology, but you may not want to start with Vos. His magnum opus was 'Biblical Theology', with 'The Pauline Eschatology,' 'The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom of God and the Church,' 'The Teaching of the Epistle to the Hebrews,' and 'The Self-Disclosure of Jesus' have also been highly influential. If nothing else, you may want to name your first son 'Geerhardus.'
Excellent selections and critical notes  Jun 29, 2006
Geerhardus Vos (1862-1949) never achieved fame beyond a small circle of students during his lifetime. Given his brillance, his long career, his clear and prolific writings, his exotic name and his institutional affliation with Princeton Seminary (the most prominent theological school in America at the time) this is just staggering. Fortunately his pioneering work in redemptive-historical work and covenant theology has been rescued from obscurity after his retirement by those who have come to appreciate its value.

Several of Vos' published works remain in print and widely studied. But those who seek to understand the context from which such original work came have long had to consult thin biographical tidbits, mostly found in a handful of libraries. This excellent volume has vastly improved this situation.

The book falls into four sections: 1. A long (65 pp.), very well-crafted biographical essay by James Dennison (who does nothing to temper his admiration for his subject.) Dennison is probably a little more conservative and doctrinaire than Vos.
2. A 28pp. bibliography.
3. Typescripts of dozens of letter by Vos. They range from his days applying for admission as student at Princeton Seminary (1883) up to the retirement years in his 80s (some as late as 1946). The majority, however, are 1889-1897. Vos' correspondence displayed here include Warfield, Kuyper, Bavinck, Machen, Ned Stonehouse and an assortment of pastors and former students. Vos is articulate, cultured, lively and concise in virtually every letter. Here we see his wide ranging opinions on German, Dutch and English-language theological works (including early takes on Barth and Bultmann), his original exegesis, his Princeton politics, his warm support of Machen, Frank Stevenson, Paul Woolley etc. after they started Westminister Seminary in 1929 (just three years before he retired from Princeton), his difficult arrangements for Kuyper's history making Stone Lectures at Princeton Seminary, etc. He comes off as massively learned, but humble and likeable.

Dennison's footnotes are concise and generally helpful (though in the case of one Seminary board political issue in the late 20s, Dennison fails to give us specific background information). There are some footnote errors, but pretty minor: Chicago Theological Seminary is confused with Univ. of Chicago Div. School at one point. p. 109 lists a Vos MS as located in the "Alumni Alcove" of Princeton Theological Seminary (which hasn't existed in ten years) -- its probably in the Manuscripts Collection of Prinecton Sem., or has a call number. Anyway, these and a few others are pretty minor blemishes on a generally careful and excellent work.

4. Four of Vos' poems.

Even a cursory review of this volume increases one's amazement at Vos' rather unassuming career. HOW? One explanation is that Vos only lectured outside the Princeton campus ONE time after accepting his teaching post there. He simply was not the churchman we would have expected, and as a result his influence was confined to his (often prominent) students and his readers.

P & R has done a really outstanding job packaging this book, as well.

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