Berkhof, Louis 1873-1957

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BERKHOF, Louis 1873-1957

PERSONAL: Born 1873, in the Netherlands; died May 18, 1957, in Grand Rapids, MI; son of Jan Geesje (terPooten) Berkhof; immigrated to the United States, c. 1881. Education: Theological Schools of the Christian Reformed Church (now Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary), graduated, 1900; Princeton Theological Seminary, B.D.

CAREER: Ordained Christian Reformed minister, c. 1990; pastor of Christian Reformed churches in Allendale, MI, and Grand Rapids, MI; Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI, professor of biblical theology, 1906-14, professor of New Testament, 1914-26, professor of systematic theology, 1926-44, appointed president of the seminary, 1931. Princeton Theological Seminary, Stone Lecturer. Reformed Ecumenical Synod, president of first assembly, 1946.


Biblical Archaeology, Eerdmans-Sevensma (Grand Rapids, MI), 1915, 3rd edition, Smitter Book Co. (Grand Rapids, MI), 1928.

Subjects and Outlines, Eerdmans-Sevensma (Grand Rapids, MI), 1918.

Reformed Dogmatics, three volumes, William B. Eerdmans Publishing (Grand Rapids, MI), 1932, revised edition published as Systematic Theology, 1941, new edition, preface by Richard A. Muller, 1996.

The Vicarious Atonement through Christ, 1936.

The History of Christian Doctrines, William B. Eerdmans Publishing (Grand Rapids, MI), 1937, reprinted, Banner of Truth Trust (London, England), 1969, reprinted, 1996.

Manual of Reformed Doctrine, William B. Eerdmans, published as Summary of Christian Doctrine for Senior Classes, 1938.

Recent Trends in Theology, 1944.

Riches of Divine Grace: Ten Expository Sermons, William B. Eerdmans Publishing (Grand Rapids, MI), 1948.

Principles of Biblical Interpretation: Sacred Hermeneutics, Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1950.

Aspects of Liberalism, William B. Eerdmans Publishing (Grand Rapids, MI), 1951.

The Kingdom of God: The Development of the Idea of the Kingdom, Especially since the Eighteenth Century, William B. Eerdmans Publishing (Grand Rapids, MI), 1951.

The Second Coming of Christ, William B. Eerdmans Publishing (Grand Rapids, MI), 1953.

(With Cornelius Van Til) Foundations of ChristianEducation: Addresses to Christian Teachers, edited by Dennis E. Johnson, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing (Phillipsburg, NJ), 1990.

Berkhof's books have been translated into several languages, including Chinese and Japanese.*

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