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Did Jesus claim to be the Messiah? What Vos discerned in his day applies equally to ours: "a certain class of writers" regards with "disfavor ... the Messianic element in the Gospels." His comprehensive, detailed refutation of such writers has helped evangelicals answer these questions affirmatively for more than seventy five years (First released in 1926).
Did Jesus claim to be the Messiah? What Vos discerned in his day applies equally to ours: a certain class of writers regards with disfavor . . . the Messianic element in the Gospels. His comprehensive, detailed refutation of such writers, first released in 1926, has helped evangelicals answer these questions affirmatively for more than seventy-five years.
Geerhardus Vos (1862-1949) was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to the USA in 1881. He earned degrees from Calvin Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Strasbourg (PhD in Arabic). In 1894 he was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in the USA. Before beginning a thirty-nine year tenure on Princetons faculty, he was professor of systematic and exegetical theology at Calvin for five years.
Vos's insights are penetrating, refreshing, and orthodox. His rebuttal of Wrede's 'messianic secret' theory is prescient and, in my opinion, devastating. Besides all this, the book is a superb defense of the deity of Christ.
The reappearance of this volume is most welcome. Vos's treatment of the messianic identity and self-consciousness of Jesus revealed in the Gospels (though dated at points where it counteracts largely moribund errors of 100 years ago) is of enduring value.
This work remains an important contribution to both Gospel studies and systematic studies.