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Collection Overview

Title: Marten Hendrik Woudstra Collection, 1952-1991

ID: COLL/346

Primary Creator: Woudstra, Marten Hendrik (1922-1991)

Extent: 6.75 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: lectures; addresses; notebooks; correspondence; photographs; thesis; and class notes on the Arabic language, Bible school, Ethiopian language, Old and New Testaments.

Biographical Note

Marten Hendrik Woudstra was born on July 23, 1922 in Bergum, Friesland, Netherlands. Growing up in the Netherlands, Woudstra attended Gereformeerd Gymnasium in Leeuwarden. He went to Theologische Hogeschool van de Gereformeerde Kerken in Kampen, where he earned his diploma in 1946. By 1947 Woudstra decided to immigrate to the United States, where he attended Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He went on to study at Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Languages in 1952. In November of 1953 Woudstra was ordained at the Third CRC of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

In 1955 Woudstra was called upon by the Synod to teach Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary. Woudstra received the opportunity to teach at the Reformed Theological College in Geelong, Australia on two different occasions. He also delivered speeches at the Institut Farel in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Not only was Woudstra known as a scholar and minister, but also as an avid writer. He wrote numerous articles for a variety of magazines like the Banner, de Wachter, and Calvin Theological Journal. He also served as the editor for the Church and Nation as well as Reformed Review and The Guardian. He made contributions to Baker's Dictionary of Theology and The Encyclopedia of Christianity. Woudstra was involved in Bible translation, including for the New International Version of the Bible.

Woudstra retired as emeritus professor in 1985. On October 3, 1991 Marten Hendrik Woudstra passed away. He was never married, but was survived by two sisters.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Annual Notebooks, 1973-1989],
[Series 2: Classroom Notebooks],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1952-1991],
[Series 4: Papers Alphabetically Arranged],
[Series 5: Publications, Final Items],
[Series 6: Photographs],

Series 4: Papers Alphabetically Arranged
Box 12
Folder 1: "Against the World Alliance of Reformed Churches . . . for Biblical Ecumenism"
Folder 2: "De Amerikaanse Bisschoppen, Thomas Aquinas, en Aids: Van Twee Kwaden Het Beste?"
Folder 3: "The Ark of the Covenant in Jeremiah 3: 16-18"
Folder 4: Call letter from Third Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta --- 1953
Folder 5: Calvin's Dying Bequest to the Church
Folder 6: "The Continued Recognition of the Old Testament as Part of the Canon," inaugural address --- November 1963
Folder 7: "Er Wordt Ook Gebeden in Washington"
Folder 8: "Earth is the Lord's: Some Impressions of a Recent World Trip"
Folder 9: Farewell to the Seminary Graduates --- May 18, 1985
Folder 10: "The French Revolution Two Hundred Years Later"
Folder 11: "Friese Kerkdienst in Michigan"
Folder 12: "God with Us: On the Nature of the Authority of Scripture," General Synod of Delft --- 1979
Folder 13: "Helping the Reformed Church in America Become Reformed Again"
Folder 14: "Holy Bible, New Revised Standard Version"
Folder 15: "Isaiah's Message of the Birth of the Miracle Child," sermon in The Living Word
Folder 16: "Jood Zijn en Jood blijven in Amerika" and "De Joden in 'Christelijk' Amerika"
Folder 17: "The Christian Reformed Church Synod in Retrospect" --- 1987
Folder 18: "Nostalgie bij een Amerikaanse Boekenplank"
Folder 19: "Old Testament Exegesis, Course #123"
Folder 20: "Old Testament Prophecy in the New Testament"
Folder 21: "The Past as Prologue to the Present [sic] Future.  Farewell to Seminary Graduates" --- 1985
Folder 22: "President Ford en het Calvnisme in Grand Rapids"
Folder 23: The Prophets by Abraham J. Heschel.  Book review --- 1962
Folder 24: "Reading and Understanding the Infallible Word.  An Analysis and Appraisal of the Views of Dr. Hendrik Hart"
Folder 25: "The Religious Problem: Complex of Prophet and Priest in Contemporary Thought," 89th Convocation of Calvin Theological Seminary --- 1965
Folder 26: "Singing to the Lord with Understanding.  A Brief Appraisal of the New Song Book of the Christian Reformed Church"
Folder 27: "The Synod and Bible Translation"
Folder 28: "The Tabernacle in Biblical Theological Perspectives"
Folder 29: "Toledots of Genesis"
Folder 30: "Twee Dominees in de Amerikaanse Politiek" --- October 1987
Folder 31: "Twenty-five Years of Closer Christian Reformed Church/RCA Relations . . . And Not One Issue Resolved!"
Folder 32: Vijftien jaren universiteits - gedachte --- 1943-1958

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Annual Notebooks, 1973-1989],
[Series 2: Classroom Notebooks],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1952-1991],
[Series 4: Papers Alphabetically Arranged],
[Series 5: Publications, Final Items],
[Series 6: Photographs],

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