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Martin J. Wyngaarden Collection



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Martin J. Wyngaarden Collection, 1910-1966 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: Martin J. Wyngaarden Collection, 1910-1966

ID: COLL/341

Primary Creator: Wyngaarden, Martin J. (1891-1978)

Extent: 6.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church and professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary. The collection includes bound mimeographed lectures; articles; correspondence with A. C. Sonneveldt, Buenos Aires, 1910-1930; topical files; a farewell speech on sound tape, 1949; and lantern slides on South America.

Biographical Note

Martin Jacob Wyngaarden was born in Oostburg, Wisconsin, where his father was minister.  From 1898 to 1904 the family lived n Harrison, South Dakota.  In 1914, Martin graduated from John Calvin Junior College in Grand Rapids and served as principal in the Christian school in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Continuing his education, Martin Wyngaarden received an AB from the University of Washington in 1915.  Three years later he graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary.  After a year at Princeton Seminary he received his BD.  Dr. R. D. Wilson, his professor, encouraged him to continue his studies in Old Testament and Semitics.  In 1922 he received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation entitled The Syriac Version of the Book of Daniel.  Another year at Yale was possible through a fellowship.

When Dr. Wyngaarden was ordained to the ministry in the Christian Reformed Church of Tracy, Iowa, in 1923, his father took part in the installation service.  In 1924, one year later, he received an appointment to the chair of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary, a chair he occupied until his retirement thirty-seven years later.  In 1937-1939 he also taught in an emergency situation at Western Theological Seminary.

Professor Martin Wyngaarden was a member of many theological societies.  His theologically conservative stance was well known by members of the societies some of whom differed with him radically but remained congenial.  At Princeton, when a professor threatened to withhold a degree if he adhered to the teaching of the virgin birth, he refused to be intimidated.  In his presentation of papers he remained consistent to his biblical convictions.

In addition to his published dissertation, Dr. M. Wyngaarden also wrote "The Future of the Kingdom" and "The Glory of Christ and Other Biblical Studies."  He served as one of the translators on the staff of the Berkeley Version of the Bible and was involved in the initial work of the New International Version.  His seminary instruction involved extensive use of syllabi.

Our collection includes articles and papers, notes of his student days, mimeographed notes of seminary material, and a number of brochures and booklets used for background study.

Martin J. Wyngaarden passed away 11 August 1978.  The funeral sermon by Rev. Jacob Eppinga was on a text requested by Martin J. Wyngaarden. He was survived by this wife, Johanna (Kempers) and their 4 children.

An anecdote of a student of Professor Wyngaarden:  One class session we were all present in his classroom for the usual Hebrew class.  However, the professor did not appear.  Ten minutes passed so we left the room.  The following day he expressed surprise that we had not remained waiting from him "since his hat was on his desk!"  This was supposed to indicate that he was, indeed, in the seminary building.  At a subsequent class session all of us came to class before the professor arrived, placed headgear on our desks and departed.  The only excuse we had to offer the following day was, "Our hats or caps were on our desks."  Nothing further was said.  In due time we all graduated from the seminary.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Biographical Material, 1910-1973],
[Series 2: Articles and Papers],
[Series 3: Princeton Seminary Notes.  Berkeley Bibles],
[Series 4: Class Material.  Manuscripts],
[Series 5: General Material],
[Series 6: Manuscripts, Booklets, Books],
[Series 7: Papers],
[Series 8: Miscellaneous],
[Series 9: Photographs],

Series 5: General Material
Box 7
Folder 1: Anxiety as found in the N.T. and Christ's answer.  Notes from message by Dr. Wayne Oates
Folder 2: Apologetics. A study and a Critique.  Letter from S. Volbeda.  Printed brochure.  Hospers, Ontario --- 1924
Folder 3: Calvin Anniversary lectures. J.T. Mcneill, G.H. Gerstner, Paul Wooley --- Fall 1959
Brochure, mimeographed
Folder 4: Calvinism in America Today by C. Bouma.  Reprint from Journal of  Religion --- Jan. 1947
Folder 5: Concerning the Scriptures.  Excerpts from Gereformeerde Weekblad by Dr. Meuleman --- 1960
Folder 6: Dogmatics.  Handwritten copy of Dr. G. Vos acquired by student Jacob Wyngaarden, Father of Martin J
Folder 7: Dogmatics.  Handwritten copy of Dr. G. Vos acquired by student Jacob Wyngaarden, father of M.J.W II
Folder 8: Emotional and Spiritual Factors in Hospitalization by Chaplain M.B. Ballinger, Ann Arbor
Folder 9: A Full Reward, by G.J. Van Wylen.  Commencement address at Calvin College 1966.  The Banner --- July 22, 1966
Folder 10: The Great Inconsistency of our Protestant Church, by G.M. Van Pernis, Reprint from Christian Cynosure --- 1934
Folder 11: Holland and the War, by G.N. Clark.  Oxford pamphlet --- 1941
Folder 12: Introduction to Judges by C.F. Pfeiffer.  Paper
Folder 13: Jewish Missions.  Papers of A. Huijen --- 1952
Folder 14: Der Jungelingen sieraad Kracht, by A. Kuyper.  Booklet kampen, kok --- 1913
Folder 15: Labor Day.  The beginning of a new and promising era, by G. Vander Zande, Comments by MJW --- 1966
Folder 16: Letter from Burton L. Goddard, Gordon Divinity School --- 1965
Folder 17: Marriage and Divorce material: Beschouwing over het huivelijk, by P.D. Fabius.  Amsterdam, Kruyt --- 1884
Folder 18: Marriage and Divorce material: De Gronden vood echtscheiding.  A. Anema Wageningen --- 1904
Folder 19: Marriage and Divorce material: Booklets of F. Nymeyer --- 1946
Box 8
Folder 1: Marriage and Divorce material: Raport in zake echtscheiding --- 1926
Folder 2: Marriage and Divorce material: Copy of paper on problem of Divorce
Folder 3: The Meaning of Genesis 1, by H. Ridderbos.  Paper read at Baarn --- 1960
Folder 4: The O.T. Prophets Lecture by J. Davis --- 1918
Syllabus Copy
Folder 5: One Pointed Calvinism, by J.F. Heemstra --- 1934
Folder 6: Personal reaction to Daane's Articles in Reformed Journal by Roger Nicole --- 1964-65
Folder 7: The Principle of Spiritualization in Hermeneutics, by G. Hospers.  Published by G. Hospers.  Published notes by MJW
Folder 8: Seminary material: Exegesis of Ephesians by Wm. Hendriksen
Folder 9: Seminary material: Exposition of Gospel of John by Wm. Hendriksen
Folder 10: Seminary material: Hermeneutics notes, by Wm. Hendriksen
Folder 11: Seminary material: The millennium by D. Kromminga
Folder 12: Seminary material: New Testament Textual Criticism notes of Wm. Hendriksen
Folder 13: Seminary material: N.T. Theology, by G. Vos
Folder 14: Seminary material: Theological Encyclopedia.  Selected reading compiled by C. Bouma
Folder 15: South American Mission Report in The Banner --- May 8, 1931
Folder 16: Summary of Biblical Doctrine of Mission, By R.B. Kuiper
Folder 17: This Year Also.  Paper by J.M. Cheney for Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis --- 1960
Folder 18: Three reviews of H. Dooyeweards Critique of Theoretical, in the review of metaphysics --- 1954
Folder 19: What is wrong with the lodge? By Wm. Masselink.  Complimentary Copy
Folder 20: Van Zonde en Genade by D. Kromminga.  The Hoeksema-Danhof Controversy.  Copy

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical Material, 1910-1973],
[Series 2: Articles and Papers],
[Series 3: Princeton Seminary Notes.  Berkeley Bibles],
[Series 4: Class Material.  Manuscripts],
[Series 5: General Material],
[Series 6: Manuscripts, Booklets, Books],
[Series 7: Papers],
[Series 8: Miscellaneous],
[Series 9: Photographs],

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