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The Primary Works of Charles Hodge and Louis Berkhof

  Hodge and Berkhof Collection

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Nine volumes of the foundational works including both author's systematic theologies, introductions and the four-volume Hodge Pauline Commentaries.

Many online forums profile, compare and contrast the writings of Berkhof and Hodge, and in particular their monumental works of systematic theology. Inevitably an 'either-or' decision is becomes necessary between the comprehensive yet concise Berkhof and the more historically-rich Hodge. Of course there are major differences between the times they lived, their millennial views, and investigative, literary approaches, however their works are recognized as significantly advancing the understanding and application of Reformed Theology. 

Now you no longer need to choose. Right now save over 60% on the complete systematic theologies of Berkhof and Hodge, plus receive their most important supporting works, such as Berkhof's Summary of Christian Doctrine and Hodge's Commentaries on the Pauline Epistles. Click to take a closer look, and download and start enjoying the reformed insight these works will bring to your study experience.

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.

Systematic Theology  

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.

Systematic Theology  

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 EphesiansOn First CorinthiansOn 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. 


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