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Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 1: Theology Proper

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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.

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.

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.

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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


  • The Knowability of God
  • Names, Being, and Attributes of God
  • The Trinity
  • Of God’s Decrees in General
  • The Doctrine of Predestination
  • Creation
  • Providence

Product Details

  • Title: Reformed Dogmatics: Theology Proper
  • Author: Geerhardus J. Vos
  • Translator and editor: Richard B. Gaffin Jr.
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Pages: 256
  • Format: Logos Digital, Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781577995838

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. David Nalley

    David Nalley


    Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics volume 1, is a wonderful gift to the church. As it has been promoted, this work that is now available in English, is a work that many Reformed Christians will cherish. This book has made a profound impact on my own Christian life. This particular volume covers: The Knowability of God, the Attributes of God, The Trinity, God’s Decrees, Predestination, Creation, and Providence. Each of these subjects were taught faithfully from a Reformed perspective. First of all, I am appreciative of Vos’ ability to take the theological subject of Theology Proper, and systematically put it into notes that we as readers today can benefit from. His work is reminiscent of a catechism, in the way that he asks a question, and then seeks to answer the question. This is both a positive and negative in my opinion. It helps the reader not become bogged down in deep paragraph after paragraph of theological argument. However, because Vos is so intelligent in his theological understanding, it sometimes leaves you desiring more of an answer to some of the questions that he is posing. Second, another great strength of Vos’ work, is his ability to not only argue a subject theologically, but Biblically. Vos’ background in Biblical theology is noticed in this work. He never seeks to answer a question, apart from Scripture. This helps the reader to know and understand better, what Scripture seeks to say about a subject. And this gives the reader confidence in Vos’ answer that is not just his opinion, but is founded upon Scripture. Third, Vos not only argues for the Reformed position of a theological subject, but he gives other opposing views as well. He will almost always address one or two other views of a topic, and show where they fall short (for instance, the Arminian argument of Predestination). He is fair and does not take shots, but shows where that line of thinking falls short in comparison to the Reformed Perspective. Fourth, Vos’ knowledge of Hebrew and Greek comes out in this volume. While the reader does not have to have a full working knowledge of Hebrew and Greek, because Vos typically translates each Hebrew and Greek word, every once in a while, he does not translate it. This is not a negative, but something that each reader must know before reading. Finally, I am thankful for the translators who carefully took much time in translating this wonderful work from Dutch to English. The translators sought to keep the work as close to the original as possible, translating and leaving single words that Vos had in his notes (Page 4). This showed integrity of the translators. Overall, I am extremely thankful for this work. It has challenged me theologically by teaching me certain theological subjects that I was not as familiar with, as well as sharpening some of my own beliefs. Vos’ work and life have also helped to open the door to other Old Princeton theologians such as Warfield and Machen. This work will be a part of my library for the rest of my ministry, and will be used over and over. I received this copy from the publisher, Lexham Press, for an honest review. Thank you Lexham Press, for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.