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The Self-Disclosure of Jesus: The Modern Debate about the Messianic Consciousness

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Did Jesus claim to be the Messiah? What Vos discerned in his day applies equally to ours: “a certain class of writers” regards with “disfavor . . . the Messianic element in the Gospels.” His comprehensive, detailed refutation of such writers has helped Christians answer these questions affirmatively for more than 85 years.

First released in 1926, The Self-Disclosure of Jesus is among Vos’ most well-known and sought-after works, demonstrating his influence on Reformed and Presbyterian thought, and answering the questions raised by theories of the “messianic secret” and, fundamentally, the mission of Jesus.

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Key Features

  • Features Vos’ classic defense of Jesus’ messianic awareness
  • Offers thorough refutation of the “messianic secret” theories
  • Assists Christians in articulating the divinity of Christ

Top Highlights

“the large modern trend towards placing all essentials and values of religion in the subjective sphere” (Page 15)

“the growing disfavor with which the Messianic element in the Gospels is regarded by a certain class of writers.” (Page 13)

“subjective piety that would feed upon the New Testament” (Page 5)

Praise for the Print Edition

Vos’ insights are penetrating, refreshing, and orthodox. His rebuttal of Wrede’s ‘messianic secret’ theory is prescient and, in my opinion, devastating. Besides all this, the book is a superb defense of the deity of Christ.

—James T. Dennison Jr., professor of church history and biblical theology, Northwest Theological Seminary

The reappearance of this volume is most welcome. Vos’ treatment of the messianic identity and self-consciousness of Jesus revealed in the Gospels (though dated at points where it counteracts largely moribund errors of 100 years ago) is of enduring value.

—Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Charles Krahe Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

This work remains an important contribution to both Gospel studies and systematic studies.

—T. David Gordon, professor of religion and Greek, Grove City College

  • Title: The Self-Disclosure of Jesus: The Modern Debate about the Messianic Consciousness
  • Author: Geerhardus Vos
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Publisher: P&R
  • Print Publication Date: 2002
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 312
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Jesus Christ › Messiahship
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T06:03:28Z

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Geerhardus Vos (1862–1949), a Reformed theologian and one of the most distinguished representatives of the Princeton Theology, he is sometimes called the father of Reformed Biblical Theology. 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 a thirty-nine-year tenure on Princeton’s faculty, he was professor of systematic and exegetical theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. 


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