The aim of this book is to provide an account of the unfolding of the mind of God in history, through the successive agents of his special revelation. Vos handles this under three main divisions: the Mosaic epoch of revelation, the prophetic epoch of revelation, and the New Testament. Such a historical approach is not meant to supplant the work of the systematic theologian; nevertheless, the Christian gospel is inextricably bound up with history, and the biblical theologian thus seeks to highlight uniqueness of each biblical document in that succession. The rich variety of Scripture is discovered anew as the progressive development of biblical themes is explicated. To read these pages—the fruit of Vos’ 39 years of teaching biblical theology at Princeton—is to appreciate the late John Murray’s suggestion that Geerhardus Vos was the most incisive exegete in the English-speaking world of the twentieth century.
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Geerhardus Vos (1862-1949) was born in the Netherlands, immigrating to the United States in 1881 at the age of 19. In 1893 he was invited to Princeton Seminary, where he had studied, to teach biblical theology. He remained there until his retirement in 1932. He is the author of multiple books, including The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom of God and the Church, The Pauline Eschatology and The Teaching of the Epistle to the Hebrews.