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A Foundational Work

Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics 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.

Geerhardus Vos is perhaps best known to English speakers for his books Pauline Eschatology, published in 1930, and Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, published in 1948. Vos’ strong grounding in biblical scholarship and biblical theology makes his Reformed Dogmatics unique, bringing a fresh biblical perspective. Though this five-volume set is systematic in nature, Geerhardus Vos brings the skills and acumen of a biblical theologian to the task.

All 5 volumes of Reformed Dogmatics have been collected in a special single volume edition.

 

Praise for Reformed Dogmatics

Like books, people can become ‘classics.’ Great in their day, but richer and more fulfilling with time. Not yet a classic, Vos’s never-before-published Reformed Dogmatics is more like a lost Shakespeare play recently discovered. There seems to have been a flurry in recent years of systematic theologians writing with an eye for biblical theology. With this series we now have a biblical theologian writing a systematic theology. Thanks to Lexham Press for giving us such a long-awaited but impressive access to this much-discussed gem.

—Michael Horton, Prof. of Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

The state of access to deep, historic, orthodox Reformed theology has progressed exponentially in the last decade or so. Resources previously inaccessible to many have now become available to a vastly wider audience. In my view, the capstone of this accessibility is in this masterful work of Geerhardus Vos. Vos has the singularly unique accumen and ability to summarize and state concisely some of the deepest truths of Reformed theology. These volumes will now be my first recommendation to anyone who wants to understand the riches of the Bible’s teaching in a compressed and clear way. Thanks to Richard B. Gaffin Jr., to the translators, and to Lexham Press for putting this work into our hands.

—K. Scott Oliphint, Prof. of Apologetics and Systematic Theology, Westminster Seminary California

This translation of Vos’ Dogmatiek is the last link in access to his magnificent oeuvre. English readers will now be able to match the Princetonian’s commitment to historic Reformed doctrinal orthodoxy with his pioneering work in redemptive-historical biblical theology. The interaction is refreshing as well as pace-setting. Kudos to publisher and translator alike for undertaking this project.

—James T. Dennison, Jr., Academic Dean and Prof. of Church History and Biblical Theology, Northwest Theological Seminary

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  • Title: Reformed Dogmatics
  • Author: Geerhardus J. Vos
  • Translator and editor: Richard B. Gaffin Jr.
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Volumes: 5
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Reformed Dogmatics: Theology Proper

  • Author: Geerhardus J. Vos
  • Translator: Richard B. Gaffin
  • 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
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014

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
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015

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
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015

Volume four covers Soteriology, continuing and building 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
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016

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."

About Geerhardus Vos

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.

About Richard B. Gaffin Jr.

Richard B. Gaffin Jr. is Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1965. An ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, he has authored and edited a number of biblical and theological works, including Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation: The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos.

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  1. Christian Alexander
    review of Vos' Reformed Dogmatics Geerhardus Vos was a Dutch theologian who taught in American seminaries for over four decades spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He’s probably best known for his Biblical Theology, but that’s changing now that his work in systematic theology has been translated into English by Richard B. Gaffin Jr. Lexham Press has just published Reformed Dogmatics: A System of Christian Theology (Single Volume Edition). Dogmatics is synonymous with systematic theology. This is a book of systematic theology. And, if you’ve never heard of Vos before, just think of him as one of the Three Ninjas of Dutch Reformed theology along with Herman Bavinck and Abraham Kuyper. They were all on friendly terms with one another. Kuyper tried to get Vos to come to teach at his institution. Bavinck did the same. So if you like one, you’ll probably like the rest of the bunch. This edition of Reformed Dogmatics was originally released in five single volumes as Gaffin translated them. And Lexham has done us a tremendous service by compiling these into a single convenient and affordable volume. At over 1,200 pages, it’s surprisingly slim. But there’s a tradeoff when it comes to ghosting from the print on the other side of the page. The paper isn’t opaque, but you will be keenly aware that there is text behind the piece of paper you’re reading. I like to write notes while reading. In contrast to most other systematic theologies, Vos writes in the form of questions and answers. This dialectic method serves the content well, giving it a precision and clarity that is sometimes missed. Each theological subject is developed from general to specific as Vos anticipates objections and clarifications. Vos misses the opportunity to offer a concise, quotable definition for each doctrine. However the scope of the discussion makes up for this weakness. Vos has given us a careful and systematic presentation of many important doctrines of the Christian faith. These volumes are a valuable resource for anyone interested in Reformed Christian doctrine. Above all, Vos’s Reformed Dogmatics is profoundly biblical. Vos the systematic theologian offers a healthy combination of sober proof-texting and extended theological commentary. All in all, Vos does a wonderful job in this text.
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  2. Sheng Gao

    Sheng Gao

    5/16/2021

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  3. Chris Lane

    Chris Lane

    11/19/2020

    Lexham Press has provided the Church with a great resource; Geerhardus Vos' five-volume Reformed Dogmatics is now available to the English speaking world for the first time. These five volumes offer the reader a concise, straightforward journey through the traditional loci that one would expect from such a set. The first volume discusses theology proper, including "creation" (ch. 6) and God's acting in it. Volume two covers anthropology, hamartiology, and man's relation to God (i.e. "The Covenant of Grace"), the third volume is dedicated wholly to Christology, the fourth focuses on soteriology, and, lastly, three parts constitute the fifth volume, namely, ecclesiology, sacramentology or "the means of grace," and eschatology. The most readily noticeable aspect of these volumes is that they do not proceed in the typical fashion one might expect from a dogmatic/systematic account of theology. Rather, Vos compiled the content of these volumes while teaching systematic theology (1:vii) and so they follow a simple question and answer format. While the reader will judge the various merits and shortcomings of this approach, it ultimately allows these volumes to be very accessible, easily referenced, and, most importantly, the reader will appreciate being able to follow Vos' thought process at many junctures throughout. These valuable characteristics of the question-answer format are emphasized by the presence of an index in each volume that contains the questions contained therein, categorized by topic. Vos' writing is thoughtful and economical–this is a work that one should read attentively and reflectively. Though an occasional question might betray the date of the original work–circa the turn of the 20th century–and, therefore, raise queries which a contemporary reader might not desire to concern themselves, many remain beneficial, nonetheless. The reader will find Vos' judgments in his Reformed Dogmatics (unsurprisingly) relatively comparable to Bavinck's Systematic Theology as they were both Dutch Reformed theologians living, working, and writing their respective works by the same name rather contemporaneously. One issue the reader should be aware of is the inconsistency of whether or not a given Greek, Hebrew, or Latin word utilized by Vos is translated. To be clear, Vos hardly does anything more than list appropriate non-English words for a given subject or attribute at hand; for example, under his discussion of the order of salvation in vol. 4 ch. 1, Vos discusses the double meaning of "σωτηρία, salus"(4:1). The transliteration and translation of these Greek, Hebrew, and Latin words are simply sometimes given and sometimes withheld. Though, I suspect that the format and straightforwardness of the answers will sufficiently aid the reader in discerning these meanings from context. If one reads these volumes within Lexham's software suites, Logos or Verbum, the reader is able to double click on these words in order to utilize the digital resources' tagging and linking. In all, Vos' Reformed Dogmatics are great resources to have at one's disposal for reference or study. The question and answer format gives this work an almost catechetical feel and the volumes, therefore, present it in such a way that they could conceivably be used devotionally. In all, this series is a valuable resource for lay readers and theologians, alike, (as, indeed, every Christian is a theologian!)–whether reading through the volumes systematically or utilizing it for a quick, well-trodden, reformed perspective to a particular question, Vos' Reformed Dogmatics are a good addition to any library. Note: I received a review copy of this book for free, but a positive review was neither requested nor required.
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  5. Joshua Reyes Novelo
    In his soteriology is 4 points calvinist or 5 points?
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  6. Eric Wills

    Eric Wills

    11/7/2017

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    Just started reading through volume one...outstanding...worth every penny...very glad I bought it.
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  7. Wonderer

    Wonderer

    11/12/2016

    What is the difference between these two products: (a) this product [listed above at 425 pages for $89.99] (b) "Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments" [also by Geerhardus Vos - listed at 436 pages for $39.99]? I mean, is this product mainly a systematic presentation of the content of the cheaper volume? If I had to choose, which would be considered more essential to understanding Vos?
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  8. Jintae Seok

    Jintae Seok

    10/7/2016

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  9. Brayden Brookshier
    Vos volume 5 is out and indexed into this collection! It is complete now!
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  10. Andrew Adcock

    Andrew Adcock

    8/13/2016

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