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Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments Paperback – July 1, 1975
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About the Author
Theologian, author, and long-time Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, Geerhardus Johannes Vos was born in March, 1862 at Heerenveen, Netherlands. A prolific author, Vos's published writings include articles, essays, reviews, poems, and biblical-theological studies on both Old and New Testament topics. The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom of God (1903) and his study of Pauline theology, The Pauline Eschatology (1930), remain two of his most important works. Vos's approach to the theology of the Old and New Testaments was published in 1948 as Biblical Theology (reprinted by the Trust in 1975). (For more information, visit banneroftruth.org) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this book Vos raises the bar on what it means to be Reformed. Some disagree with Vos' use of difficult words -- this is a fair complaint, I suppose, but it should encourage us to become better readers, not to leave off reading a great book. If you do little else in life, read Vos and you will have done much.
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This book is not for beginning students of the Bible, to be certain. There is a level of complexity and development here that can easily overwhelm people. However, that being said, Vos' Biblical Theology is a tremendously valuable resource and worth plowing through several times.
If you are a fan of Van Til's presuppositional apologetics, this volume is critical reading. According to Scott Oliphint, the Reformed understanding of Scripture that Van Til takes as a given is based upon his studies under Vos. So, if you're trying to wrestle through Van Til and are trying to faithfully understand where he is coming from, you need to absorb what Vos has to say.
A note on the level of complexity here: I've discovered that many people shy away from studying the Bible carefully. We enjoy 30 second sound-bites and easy to memorize verses. Vos tackles the whole scope and breadth of the Bible in a way that is truly foreign to a slick, pre-packaged post-modern culture. We want edgy but we want it with a glossy cover and intriguing layout. We want controversial so long as it looks sexy.
I was required to read this book twice during my three years of seminary. The first attempt was after only six months of seminary under my belt. I couldn't make heads or tails of what Vos was saying. The sad truth was that I simply didn't know my Bible well enough to appreciate what he was saying. Two years later, I've read it again - this time it made so much more sense. Again, this is because I've immersed myself in God's Word and become much more familiar with the different biblical writers.
Biblical theology, at least from an evangelical standpoint, is looking at Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, attempting to grasp how the various ideas are organically related to each other. We assume that God is the Lord of history and that he is working all things together for his own glory. For instance, the promise which is given in Genesis 3:15, is the seed that will eventually grows up into fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
BT is principally concerned with history - the progressive building upon prior promises and ideas.
Systematic Theology is principally interested in logical relationships - ordering and structuring ideas so that they can be grasped easily and clearly.
BT and ST are absolutely necessary for each other - BT considers things in a line of progression and ST considers things in their relationship to each other. ST establishes the perimeter of correct thought and BT establishes the nuanced layers and complexity within that perimeter.
The trouble with most BT is that it is a.) interested in the new and undiscovered (a fascination with `novelitus') and b.) often unbalanced, finding connections and relationships that are unwarranted by Scripture. Vos has mastered the careful balance and it shows.
As a final note - as you read Vos, you'll find that he's arguing with Liberal theologians of his day - interacting with the critics of the late 19th and early 20th century. The temptation is to skip by these critiques or to be frustrated by them. However, the presuppositions of those critics - anti-supernatural, humanistic, and evolutionary - are principally the same for the modern critic as well. The specific arguments have changed a little, the names of the critics are different, but the underlying anti-Christian assumptions remain the same. Vos proves his value and worth by refuting them gently and firmly from the text of Scripture while exposing their false worldview.
Vos isn't new, but he's solid. Worth having in your library if you take the time to carefully examine and work through his exegesis of the text. It is also humbling to realize how little you know and how much more there is to be grasped.
The first part of the work is titled "The Mosaic Epoch of Revelation." This actually begins with a discussion of God's revelation to man in the Garden of Eden, proceeds through the Noachian revelation, the Patriarchs, and the time of Moses.
In Part Two ("The Prophetic Epoch of Revelation) Vos looks at the place of the prophet in revelation, the concept of a profit, the reception of the prophetic revelation, how prophecy was communicated, and finally the content of Old Testament prophecy.
Finally, Vos focuses his attention on the New Testament period, where he discusses revelation in relation to John the Baptist and the public ministry of Jesus.
"Biblical Theology" is best read in conjunction with Vos's "Pauline Eschatology," since the former of these books does not discuss the latter in any detail.
Definitely not a book for unlearned folk wanting a quick introduction to reformed theology. Especially those inclined to fear big words. :-)