Geerhardus Vos, the “father of Reformed biblical theology,” was born 151 years ago this month. Vos, a professor of biblical theology at Princeton, lectured alongside many famous theologians, including J. Gresham Machen, B. B. Warfield, and Abraham Kuyper. So great was Vos’ academic insight that Kuyper offered him the chair of Old Testament studies at the Free University of Amsterdam when Vos was just 24.
Currently in translation into English for the first time ever, Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics is an important expression of his Reformed theology. Originally published by Vos in 5 volumes, it represents the early thought of one of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’ premiere Reformed thinkers.
- Reformed Dogmatics: Theology Proper
- Reformed Dogmatics: Anthropology
- Reformed Dogmatics: Christology
- Reformed Dogmatics: Soteriology
- Reformed Dogmatics: Ecclesiology, The Means of Grace, Eschatology
Reformed Dogmatics begins with an examination of the doctrine of God—his knowability, names, being, and character. Vos discusses the evidence for the Trinity in Scripture, explores human nature, sin, and the covenant of grace, and discusses the natures and incarnation of Christ. Finally, he takes a look at the work of Christ, as well as the church’s nature and purpose. The result is some of the most profound systematic theology of the twentieth century.
Here’s what other scholars said about Vos:
“Dr. Vos was the greatest pedagogue I ever sat under.”—Cornelius Van Til
“. . . the most penetrating exegete it has been my privilege to know.”—John Murray
“Vos’ insights are penetrating, refreshing, and orthodox.” —James T. Dennison Jr.
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