Many important theological works have not been translated into English. For most of the church’s history, the majority of theological writing has been done in Greek, Latin, German, French, Italian, Dutch—not English. There are countless works in the fields of biblical and theological studies that remain untranslated—and therefore inaccessible to English-speaking pastors, Bible students, and scholars.
Logos is changing that. As a start, we intend to translate Geerhardus Vos’ Gereformeerde Dogmatiek into English.
Why Most Translation Projects Fail
Translation projects are difficult. Translators must devote large amounts of time to work on a project. Publishers must invest resources to finish (and fund!) it. It takes years. It’s expensive. It’s risky.
It’s no wonder most translation projects never get off the ground.
Translation Projects Meet Pre-Pub
The Pre-Pub process allows us to invest resources in translating Gereformeerde Dogmatiek only if there is sufficient demand. The books that have been available only to specialists will soon be accessible to anyone.
To move the translation process forward, you need to place your pre-order. Once enough pre-orders are placed, Logos will begin the work of translating Gereformeerde Dogmatiek into English and turning it into a fully tagged, fully linked digital book for use in Logos Bible Software.
Normally, we begin the work of digitizing a book after enough users have pre-ordered. With the Pre-Pub process for this translation project, we will wait until there is sufficient interest in an English translation before beginning the work of translation itself—and this includes confirming who will do the translation and editorial work. This allows us to focus our resources on the projects our users want the most.
How It Works
As soon as there is sufficient interest in a project to cover the cost of translating, editing, and creating the digital work, we will confirm and announce the translator and move forward.
Gereformeerde Dogmatiek was originally intended to be published in 5 volumes, but it was bound in 3- and 4-volume print sets, approximately a thousand total pages in length.
There are lots of details that we’re still working out. As the scope of the project becomes clearer, the price may have to go up.
The good news is that if you pre-order today, you’re locked in at the lowest price. That’s why it’s always best to pre-order early. Head on over to the page and place your order.
Reformed Dogmatics: Theology Proper
Volume one of Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics covers the Doctrine of God, including his knowability, his names, being, and character. Vos discusses the Trinity and its evidence in Scripture and its theological development in the church fathers. Also examined are God’s acts and our knowledge of them, creation, predestination, and the providence of God.
Reformed Dogmatics: Anthropology
The second volume of Reformed Dogmatics examines anthropology, with a focus on the nature of humanity, sin, and the covenant of grace. He begins his examination of human nature with the question: What does scripture say about the nature of humanity? From there, Vos examines the relationship between the body and the soul. In hamartiology, Vos surveys various philosophical perspectives on sin and investigates the claims of Scripture. The volume concludes with a lengthy study of God’s covenants with humanity through the Old Testament culminating with the New Covenant.
Reformed Dogmatics: Christology
The focus of volume three is Christology. It covers the Person of Christ which includes his two natures and the incarnation, and then also the work of Christ: his death and resurrection, the nature of his sacrifice, and his office as priest and mediator.
Reformed Dogmatics: Soteriology
Volume four covers Soteriology continues and builds on Vos’ examination of the work of Christ. He discusses the nature of salvation, evidence of salvation in the Holy Spirit and the Church, and the order of salvation (the Ordo Salutis).
Reformed Dogmatics: Ecclesiology, the Means of Grace, Eschatology
The fifth and final volume of Reformed Dogmatics presents Geerhardus Vos’ views on Ecclesiology, the Sacraments and Eschatology. He deals with the nature of the church and its purpose. Vos’ discussion of the Means of Grace goes beyond merely the sacraments of baptism and the Eucharist into issues of the Gospel Proclamation as well. Lastly, he concludes with his examination of eschatology both in the sense of “things to come” and also in the sense of the current state of the church as existing in the “already, but not yet.”
About the Author
Geerhardus J. Vos, born in 1862, was a Dutch American theologian. He was the first alumnus of Calvin College (then Theological School) to earn a doctoral degree. Vos studied Old Testament at Princeton Seminary and graduated with honors. He then went on to do doctoral work in Semitics at the University of Berlin for one year, followed by two years at the University of Strasburg. He returned to teach at Calvin in 1888, but accepted an invitation to hold Princeton’s new Chair of Biblical Theology in 1892. He held the chair until his retirement in 1932. During his time at Princeton he taught some of the great Reformed minds of the 20th century, including John Gresham Machen and Ned Bernard Stonehouse. Vos was also an essential catalyst in the establishment of Biblical Theology as a discipline. He passed away in 1949. Vos’ thinking and scholarship in theology has influenced Cornelius Van Til, John Murray, Richard B. Gaffin Jr., and Herman Ridderbos.