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Christ and the Powers


Herald Press 1977

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“We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers . . . against spiritual wickedness in high places.” —Ephesians 6:12

This small but important book by Hendrik Berkhof, which ushered in a wave of studies on “the powers” spoken of in the New Testament, profoundly influenced William Stringfellow, Jacques Ellul, Marva Dawn, Walter Wink, and many others. John Howard Yoder brought it to an English-speaking audience for the first time in this translation, drawing from it in his own famous work, The Politics of Jesus.

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Key Features

  • Discusses the writings of Paul on cosmic powers
  • Examines the relationship between powers and believers and the church


  • The Powers as a Challenge to Christian Thought
  • Paul’s Conception of the Powers
  • The Powers and the Fallen Creation
  • The Powers in Redemption
  • The Church and the Powers
  • Crisis and Christianization of the Powers

Praise for the Print Edition

This is a powerful study. In brief compass it illuminates some of the darker recesses of biblical language—and shows how important the ideas there are for an understanding of the world as we know it.

Alan Kreider, retired professor of church history and mission, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: Christ and the Powers
  • Author: Hendrik Berkhof
  • Translator: John Howard Yoder
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1977
  • Pages: 80

About Hendrik Berkhof

Hendrikus Berkhof (1914–1995) was a twentieth-century theologian and professor. He taught systematic theology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He is the author of several works, including Two Hundred Years of Theology: Report of a Personal Journey, Christ the Meaning of History, and Christian Faith: An Introduction to the Study of the Faith.

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