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Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation:
The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos

Gerhardus Vos (Presbyterian & Reformed, 1980)

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Geerhardus Vos (1862-1949) was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to the USA in 1881. He earned degrees from Calvin Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Strasbourg (Ph.D. in Arabic). In 1894 he was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in the USA. Before beginning a 39-year tenure on Princeton's faculty, he was professor of systematic and exegetical theology at Calvin for five years. Emphasizing the historical character of biblical revelation, Vos was able to clarify the pervasive meaning of Scripture by bringing into view its basic structure. Far from an array of isolated prooftexts, the Bible was, for Vos, an organism - its rich diversity giving unaminous expression of its redemptive message. In Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation, the shorter writings of this famed theologian have been gathered under one cover. The reader will discover here numerous major biblical and theological studies, selected addresses, and book reviews, as well as a 13-page bibliography of Vos's writings. There are some outstanding gems in this collection.


I. The Idea of Biblical Theology as a Science and as a Theological Discipline 
II. Eschatology of the New Testament 
III. The Range of the Logos Title in the Prologue to the Fourth Gospel 
IV. The Eschatological Aspect of the Pauline Conception of the Spirit 
V. The Priesthood of Christ in the Epistle to the Hebrews 
VI. Hebrews, the Epistle of the Diatheke 
VII. The Doctrine of the Covenant in Reformed Theology 

VIII. Some Doctrinal Features of the Early Prophecies of Isaiah 
IX. Jeremiah's Plaint and its Answer 
X. The Ministry of John the Baptist 
XI. The Kingdom of God 
XII. Our Lord's Doctrine of the Resurrection 
XIII. Modern Dislike of the Messianic Consciousness in Jesus 
XIV. The Ubiquity of the Messiahship in the Gospels 
XV. "True" and "Truth" in the Johannine Writings 
XVI. The Idea of "Fulfillment" of Prophecy in the Gospels 
XVII. The Theology of Paul 
XVIII. The Pauline Conception of Reconciliation 
XIX. The Pauline Conception of Redemption 
XX. The Sacrificial Idea in Paul's Doctrine of the Atonement 
XXI. The Alleged Legalism in Paul's Doctrine of Justification 
XXII. "Covenant" or "Testament"? 
XXIII. The Biblical Importance of the Doctrine of Preterition 
XXIV. The Second Coming of Our Lord and the Millenium 

XXV. The Scriptural Doctrine of the Love of God 
XXVI. Christian Faith and the Truthfulness of Bible History 


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