Monday, August 2, 2010

Richard Barcellos: The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology: Geerhardus Vos & John Owen (Encore)

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Richard Barcellos, Administrative Assistant to the Dean & Resident Associate Professor of New Testament Studies at at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies, will address the theme of his new book: "The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology: Geerhardus Vos & John Owen (Their Methods of and Contribution to the Articulation of Redemptive History)".

Geerhardus Johannes Vos (1862-1949) was the first Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, and has been called by many the "Father of Reformed Biblical Theology". At Princeton Vos taught alongside
B. B. Warfield and authored his most famous works, including: Pauline Eschatology and Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments . He remained at Princeton for nearly 40 years, and his students included such eminent men as J. Gresham Machen, John Murray, Ned B. Stonehouse, and Cornelius Van Til. Throughout his career Vos fought against liberalism at every step, especially on such issues as the kingdom of God and Jesus' Messianic self-consciousness.

According to the publishers of The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology, the thesis our guest Richard Barcellos, proposes in his book is that:

Geerhardus Vos’ biblical-theological method should be viewed as a post-Enlightenment continuation of the pre-critical federal theology of seventeenth-century Reformed orthodoxy. Vos wrote in the context of the liberalism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His biblical-theological methodology was largely a resuscitation of the federal theology of seventeenth-century Reformed orthodoxy adapted to the times in which it was written.

"For those who love Reformed biblical theology and Reformed systematic theology, this is a satisfying, happy book, providing for us a family tree of continuity from the prince of the Puritans, John Owen, to the father of Reformed biblical theology, Geerhardus Vos. Now, who will add to the branches, and go back to the sixteenth century roots, adding to the fulsomeness and beauty of the Reformed family tree from Calvin and Bullinger to our own day?" -- Joel R. Beeke, Ph.D., President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI

Richard Barcellos received a B.S. from California State University, Fresno, an M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary, and a Th.M. and Ph.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary. In 1990 he planted a church in Southern California and pastored there until July of 2006, when he relocated to Owensboro, KY, to become part of MCTS. He is the managing editor of Reformed Baptist Theological Review, author of In Defense of the Decalogue, and co-author of A Reformed Baptist Manifesto. He has also contributed articles to RBTR, Founders Journal, and Table Talk. Professor Barcellos is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and one of the pastors of
Heritage Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky.

You can also listen to two recent interviews with Richard Barcellos on the theme of his book that were aired on Covenant Radio by clicking here:

You can listen to an interview on "Iron Sharpens Iron" with Danny E. Olinger, editor of the invaluable 375-page volume
A Geerhardus Vos Anthology , by clicking here: MP3 Available Here

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