Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation: The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos...
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Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation: The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos Reviews
This book is a must read for those interested in Biblical theology. There are some great chapters on 'Eschatology in the New Testament' and the 'Eschatological Aspect of the Pauline Conception of the Spirit.' The chapters on Hebrews are excellent, along with the chapter on Reformed Covenant theology. This collection of essays is outstanding along with Dr. Richard Gaffin's superb introduction.
Some really good stuff in here. It's still Vos, of course, so don't expect it to be overly intelligible.
Dr. Richard Gaffin compiled the most significant articles and reviews by Geerhardus Vos in 1980. This book provides the shortest path to the profound theological world of Vos.
Vos was by far one of the most important theologians of the 20th century.
Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation: The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos edited by Richard B. Gaffin Jr. is a masterful collection of biblical-theological essays and book reviews by one of the greatest Reformed thinkers of all time. Vos is widely known for his keen exegetical awareness and biblical-theological insight. This reputation is observable in his major works, such as The Pauline Eschatology and Biblical Theology, as well as Vos' shorter writings found in Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation. Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation opens with a fascinating introduction by Richard B. Gaffin Jr. As Gaffin orients readers towards the content of the essays included in this volume, he provides essential context for the life and legacy of Geerhardus Vos. The volume is comprised of four major parts: (1) Major Biblical and Theological Studies, (2) Shorter Biblical Studies, (3) Addresses, and (4) Book Reviews. In part one, Gaffin has included seven significant essays that stand alone in terms of value. Readers familiar with Vos' work will find these essays insightful in relation to his larger literary output. In part two, Gaffin has brought together fourteen shorter essays on various issues related to biblical studies. A number of important essays are included here, such as "Modern Dislike of the Messianic Consciousness in Jesus" and essays on Paul's concept of redemption and reconciliation. In part three, Gaffin has included two of Vos' public addresses at Princeton Theological Seminary. Lastly, in part four, Gaffin has brought together a few relevant book reviews, including Vos' review of Schweitzer's The Quest of the Historical Jesus and Paul and His Interpreters. The volume concludes with a 13-page bibliography of Vos' works compiled by James T. Dennison Jr. Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation is an essential collection of essays for anyone influenced by or interested in the lifework of Geerhardus Vos and Reformed biblical theology. The range of these essays represents a long and productive career by one of the foremost Reformed thinkers of the past two hundred years. Each essay overflows with rich exegetical insight and biblical awareness. That said, most of the standout essays come from the initial 270 pages and include "The Idea of Biblical Theology as a Science and as a Theological Discipline" and "The Eschatological Aspect of the Pauline Concept of the Spirit." The primary shortcoming of the volume comes by way of the typeset, specifically the size and font of the Greek text. It's small and difficult to read but used somewhat sparingly and shouldn't hinder the overall usefulness of Vos' work therein.Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation: The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos edited by Richard B. Gaffin Jr. is a collection of essays that the Reformed reader, especially the student of biblical theology cannot afford to be without. Vos is a theological giant and his work, even the shorter writings, remains influential and useful. It comes highly recommended and should be on the shelf of every theological library.
While a collection of individual essays, in many ways this is a coherent whole of Vos’s larger theology. We can review the material around several themes: biblical theology, covenant, and eschatology. While the prose is dense, and Vos does spend quite a bit of time dealing with dead Germans, there are numerous insights of biblical wisdom.Biblical theologyThe first feature of supernatural revelation is its historical progress (7). God doesn’t communicate the calm light of eternity all at once. God’s self-revelation proceeds in a sequence of words and acts. “By imparting elements of knowledge in a divinely arranged sequence God has pointed out to us the way in which we might gradually grasp and know Him” (7). Revelation is interwoven and conditioned at every point by the redeeming activity of EschatologyThe two ages are increasingly recognized as answering to two spheres of being which coexist from of old, so that the coming of the new age assumes the character of a revelation and extension of the supernal order of things (28). Contrary to Platonism, where there is an ideal first and a physical (and probably inferior) copy later, Paul’s resurrection thought places the pneumatikon last, not first. CovenantHis essay on the Covenant in Reformed Theology is worth the price of the book. The covenant idea dominates the work of redemption. Is this the equivalent of positing a central dogma? Maybe, but so what if it is? The question is whether it is correct or not. The work of salvation corresponds to the unfolding of the covenant and proceeds in a covenantal way. The CoR is the pattern for the CoG. Covenantal relation unfolds as the essence of the riches of the ordo. Image of God in man: for the Reformed image is not identified with the moral qualities of the soul.Nota BenePerhaps the most interesting aspect is Vos’s exegesis of Romans 1:3-4, which overturns older manuals. Vos argues this can’t refer to two existing states in the constitution of the Messiah, but rather to two eschatological modes (104). The two prepositional phrases have adverbial force: they describe the mode of the process. The resurrection is a new status of Sonship.Problem with the older view: it has to restrict σαρξ to the body, because Spirit is already psychologically conceived and thus takes the place of the immaterial element. Yet, this is the Apollinarian heresy. Secondly, it is compelled to take the κατα clauses in two different senses.Conclusion:Like all of Vos’s work, this is difficult, but it repays careful reading.
This is one of the most helpful theological works ever published. Its not an easy read, but it is well worth the mental effort.