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Reformed Dogmatics (5 vols.)

by Vos, Geerhardus, Gaffin, Richard B., Jr., de Witt, Richard

Lexham Press 2013

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Interested in having these volumes in the original Dutch? Check out the original Gereformeerde Dogmatiek.

We also have Vos’ other writings available on Pre-Pub. Discover the rest of this classic Reformed theologian’s writings through the Select Works of Geerhardus Vos (14 vols).

Overview

Geerhardus Vos' Reformed Dogmatics (5 vols.) represents the early theological thought of one of the premier Reformed thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Originally self-published in five volumes in 1896, under the title Gereformeerde Dogmatiek (also known as Dogmatiek) this important piece of Reformed theology has never been available to an English audience.

Throughout his life, Vos was connected with a number of important Reformed institutions. He was the first alumnus of Calvin Seminary (then Theological School) to earn a doctoral degree and also the first Calvin Seminary faculty member to have an advanced degree. Before his appointment at Calvin, Vos was invited by Abraham Kuyper to take the chair of Old Testament Theology at the newly formed Free University (Vrije Universiteit) in Amsterdam.

After teaching at Calvin, Vos accepted a position at Princeton during the days of the Old Princeton Theologians. He held the chair of Biblical Theology there from 1892 until 1932. Vos is perhaps best known to English speakers for his books Pauline Eschatology, published in 1930, and Biblical Theology: Old and New Testament, published in 1948. Vos' strong grounding in biblical scholarship and biblical theology makes his Reformed Dogmatics unique, bringing a fresh biblical perspective. Though these five volumes are systematic in nature, Geerhardus Vos brings the skills and acumen of a biblical theologian to the task.

A New Approach to Translation Projects

Lexham Press is pleased to announce the first ever English translation of Geerhardus Vos' Gereformeerde Dogmatiek. Using the Pre-Pub Process for this project allows us to invest resources in translating Gereformeerde Dogmatiek only if there is sufficient demand. The books that have been available only to specialists will soon be accessible to everyone. As the scope of the project becomes clearer, the price might increase, such as when we announce the translator and we begin the work of translation. That means users who pre-order the earliest—with the fewest details available—will get the best price. Learn more about the details on the Logos Blog: Geerhardus Vos' Reformed Dogmatics: A First-Ever English Translation.

Key Features

  • The first and only English translation of Geerhardus Vos' Gereformeerde Dogmatiek
  • Access to some of the most profound Reformed systematic theology of the 20th century
  • Penned by the Father of Reformed Biblical Theology

Praise for the Author's Knowledge and Scholarship

Dr. Vos was the greatest pedagogue I ever sat under.

Cornelius Van Til

. . . the most penetrating exegete it has been my privilege to know.

John Murray

Vos' insights are penetrating, refreshing, and orthodox.

—James T. Dennison Jr.

Individual Titles

Reformed Dogmatics: Theology Proper

  • Author: Geerhardus J. Vos
  • Translator: Richard B. Gaffin
  • Edition: 1st English edition
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2013

Volume one of Vos' Reformed Dogmatics covers the Doctrine of God, including his knowability, his names, being, and character. Vos discusses the Trinity and its evidence in Scripture and its theological development in the church fathers. Also examined are God's acts and our knowledge of them, creation, predestination, and the providence of God.

Reformed Dogmatics: Anthropology

  • Author: Geerhardus J. Vos
  • Translator: Richard B. Gaffin
  • Edition: 1st English edition
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2013

The second volume of Reformed Dogmatics examines anthropology, with a focus on the nature of humanity, sin, and the covenant of grace. He begins his examination of human nature with the question: What does scripture say about the nature of humanity? From there, Vos examines the relationship between the body and the soul. In hamartiology, Vos surveys various philosophical perspectives on sin and investigates the claims of Scripture. The volume concludes with a lengthy study of God's covenants with humanity through the Old Testament culminating with the New Covenant.

Reformed Dogmatics: Christology

  • Author: Geerhardus J. Vos
  • Translator: Richard B. Gaffin
  • Edition: 1st English edition
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2013

The focus of volume three is Christology. It covers the Person of Christ which includes his two natures and the incarnation, and then also the work of Christ: his death and resurrection, the nature of his sacrifice, and his office as priest and mediator.

Reformed Dogmatics: Soteriology

  • Author: Geerhardus J. Vos
  • Translator: Richard B. Gaffin
  • Edition: 1st English edition
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2013

Volume four covers Soteriology continues and builds on Vos' examination of the work of Christ. He discusses the nature of salvation, evidence of salvation in the Holy Spirit and the Church, and the order of salvation (the Ordo Salutis).

Reformed Dogmatics: Ecclesiology, the Means of Grace, Eschatology

  • Author: Geerhardus J. Vos
  • Translator: Richard B. Gaffin
  • Edition: 1st English edition
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2013

The fifth and final volume of Reformed Dogmatics presents Geerhardus Vos' views on Ecclesiology, the Sacraments and Eschatology. He deals with the nature of the church and its purpose. Vos' discussion of the Means of Grace goes beyond merely the sacraments of baptism and the Eucharist into issues of the Gospel Proclamation as well. Lastly, he concludes with his examination of eschatology both in the sense of "things to come" and also in the sense of the current state of the church as existing in the "already, but not yet."

Product Details

  • Title: Reformed Dogmatics (5 vols.)
  • Author: Geerhardus J. Vos
  • Translator: Richard B. Gaffin
  • Editor: To be announced
  • Edition: 1st English edition
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: TBD

About the Author

Geerhardus J. Vos, born in 1862, was a Dutch American theologian. He was the first alumnus of Calvin College (then Theological School) to earn a doctoral degree. Vos studied Old Testament at Princeton Seminary and graduated with honors. He then went on to do doctoral work in Semitics at the University of Berlin for one year, followed by two years at the University of Strasburg. He returned to teach at Calvin in 1888, but accepted an invitation to hold Princeton's new Chair of Biblical Theology in 1892. He held the chair until his retirement in 1932. During his time at Princeton he taught some of the great Reformed minds of the 20th century, including John Gresham Machen and Ned Bernard Stonehouse. Vos was also an essential catalyst in the establishment of Biblical Theology as a discipline. He passed away in 1949. Vos' thinking and scholarship in theology has influenced Cornelius Van Til, John Murray, Richard B. Gaffin Jr., and Herman Ridderbos.