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The Letters of Geerhardus Vos

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Geerhardus Vos (1862-1949) has been called "the father of Reformed biblical theology." He was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to the United States in 1881. He earned degrees from Calvin Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Strasbourg (PhD in Arabic). In 1894 he was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in the USA. Before beginning his thirty-nine-year tenure on Princeton's faculty, he was professor of systematic and exegetical theology at Calvin for five years. Among his writings are Biblical Theology and The Pauline Eschatology

A pioneer in biblical theology, Geerhardus Vos continues to influence Bible students today. Vos expert James T. Dennison Jr. here collects, for the first time, all of Vos's extant letters, many of them to Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, B. B. Warfield, and J. Gresham Machen.

James T. Dennison Jr. provides:

- More than eighty letters written by Geerhardus Vos from 1883 to 1946

- The fullest biographical article on Vos to date

- A thorough bibliography of Vos's writings

- Samples of Vos's poetry


"An intimate look into the life of a figure who deserves more attention. Geerhardus Vos linked important sites in trans-Atlantic Calvinism a hundred years ago: from Amsterdam to Princeton to Grand Rapids to Philadelphia. His letters show how he built these networks and what he thought on the important theological questions that agitated them."James D. Bratt, professor of history and director, Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, Calvin College 

"Brings a man to life who has been the trait d' union between the Dutch neocalvinist movement of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck and the American Presbyterian tradition of Benjamin B. Warfield and J. Gresham Machen. These letters are not just about theology, but present Geerhardus Vos in vivid relationship and debate with friends and colleagues. The editor has done a tremendous service for the study of the history of Reformed theology with this rich and hitherto unknown source." --George Harinck, professor of history, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Geerhardus Vos (1862–1949) became the first professor of biblical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1893, retiring in 1932. Among his writings are Biblical Theology and The Pauline Eschatology. James T. Dennison Jr. is academic dean and professor of church history and biblical theology at Northwest Theological Seminary.