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Primary Works of Louis Berkhof
Louis Berkhof Louis Berkhof (1873
- 1957) was a Reformed theologian best known for his Systematic
Theology (1932). He taught for almost four decades at Calvin Theological
Seminary and served as its president from 1931-1944. In his work on
systematic theology Berkhof followed in the line of John Calvin and
embraced the development of Reformed theology by the Dutch
theologians Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck.
Written in a concise and compact style and
organized in a manner ideal for detailed study, Systematic Theologycovers the full range of theology in traditional systematic fashion -
examining, in order, the doctrines of God, anthropology, Christology,
soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology. The work also includes an extensive
bibliography and full indexes to the authors, subjects, and Scriptures
referenced in the text. Revised and enlarged throughout his lifetime until it
reached its present final form, Systematic
Theology not only stands as
Berkhof's magnum opus but also is widely considered to be the most important
twentieth-century compendium of Reformed theology.
Introduction to the New Testament
In Introduction to the New
Testament, Louis Berkhof investigates
the history and purpose of the Gospels and Epistles in the New Testament.
Sections begin with a brief outline followed by a comprehensive look at the
characteristics, authorship, composition, and canonical significance of each
book. Distinctive content includes the nature and inspiration of the gospels in
general, and the Johannine problem, in which the first three Synoptic Gospels
are set apart from John. Berkhof's Introduction relies on the findings of a
wide range of New Testament scholars including the Early Church Fathers. Berkhof's references are very easy to navigate which makes Introduction
to the New Testament a prime text for student study. In fact, Berkhof intended
this work to be utilized in the classroom at Calvin Theological Seminary where
he taught for nearly 30 years. Of course all verse and topical
references are tagged for more in-depth study.
Summary of Christian Doctrine
Just as Berkhof’s Systematic Theology is
outstanding in its own field, his Summary of Christian
Doctrine is unequalled as a
popular handbook of Christian doctrine, written from an evangelical and
reformed standpoint. Systematically arranged and helpfully sub–divided, With
passages for memorization and questions for review at the close of each
chapter, A Summary of Christian
Doctrine provides a rich study
resource for church Sunday school and Bible study groups.
Primary Works of Charles Hodge
Charles Hodge was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the 28th
of December 1797. He graduated at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) in
1815, and in 1819 at the Princeton Theological seminary, where he became an
instructor in 1820, and the first professor of Oriental and Biblical literature
in 1822. Meanwhile, in 1821, he had been ordained as a Presbyterian minister.
Hodge wrote many biblical and theological works. He began writing
early in his theological career and continued publishing until his death. In
1835 he published his Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans,
which is considered to be his greatest exegetical work. Other works followed at
intervals of longer or shorter duration - Constitutional History of the
Presbyterian Church in the United States (1840); Way of Life (1841,
republished in England, translated into other languages, and circulated to the
extent of 35,000 copies in America); Commentary on Ephesians (1856); on
First Corinthians (1857);on Second Corinthians (1859).
His magnum opus is the 3 Volume Systematic Theology (1871–1873), extending to 2,260 pages.
The record of Hodge's literary life is suggestive of the great
influence that he exerted. But properly to estimate that influence, it must be
remembered that 3,000 ministers of the Gospel passed under his instruction, and
that to him was accorded the rare privilege, during the course of a long life,
of achieving distinction as a teacher, exegete, preacher, controversialist,
ecclesiastic, and systematic theologian.
One of the great defenders of Calvinism, Hodge’s Systematic
Theology is renowned as his greatest work. Composed of three separate
volumes, it addresses some of the most important theological questions of both the
pre and post-Civil War time, Darwinism and our current time. The first volume
contains an introduction and then addresses Theology Proper -- the study of
God. The second volume examines Anthropology -- the study of human beings --
and Soteriology -- the study of salvation. The third volume, discusses
Eschatology -- the study of end times. Hodge's Systematic Theology is
clearly a work of reformed thought, but is profitable for study even outside
the reformed community. Further, this unabridged version of his work retains
the mastery of Hodge's work. Since the first publication of these volumes,
countless theologians and pastors have found them helpful. Use them as a study
aid or for personal edification.
Commentaries on the Pauline Epistles
Hodge’s Commentary on the Epistle
to the Romans, is considered to be his greatest exegetical
work, and one of the most masterful commentaries ever written on this epistle.
Commentaries which followed included:Commentary on Ephesians; On
First Corinthians; On Second Corinthians.
In his introduction to the commentary on Ephesians, Hodge
investigates the sociopolitical climate of the city of Ephesus prior to Paul's
first visit. Hodge's careful scrutiny gives readers a newly informed look at
Paul's letter to the Christians at Ephesus.
In the same vein, Hodge’s Commentaries on 1 and 2 Corinthians are
solidly reformed, dispensational and highly detailed in their exegetical
analysis of the original Greek and underlying concepts and underpinnings from
the Old Testament Hebrew and Septuagint.