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John H. Bratt Collection



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Class Notes. The Teacher

The Speaker and Writer

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John H. Bratt Collection, 1932-1988 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Collection Overview

Title: John H. Bratt Collection, 1932-1988

ID: COLL/021

Primary Creator: Bratt, John H. (1909-2000)

Extent: 4.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Calvin College - Study and teaching (Higher), Christian Reformed Church - History, Christian Reformed Church - Missions, Missions, Religion - Study and teaching (Higher), Religion and culture, Theology

Forms of Material: Biographies


Professor of religion and theology at Calvin College. The collection includes memoirs, class lectures on the history of missions, theory of mission, church history, Christianity and culture, history of the Christian Reformed Church, and biblical theology.

Biographical Note

Rev. John Harold Bratt was born in Holland, Michigan on 23 October 1909. Bratt graduated from Calvin Seminary in 1937. He accepted scholarships from both Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Georgia and from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He earned a master’s degree in systematic theology in 1939. From 1939-1942 Bratt was a Bible teacher at Grand Rapids Christian High School. Bratt then became the pastor at Dorr Christian Reformed Church until 1946. In 1946 Bratt gladly accepted position as faculty at Calvin College. While at Calvin, Bratt taught biblical studies but also served on many committees, and was an elder and vice-president of the consistory. During his off months, Bratt attended Union Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, where he earned a doctorate in Theology. Bratt also found time to write articles for The Banner and Zondervan’s Bible Dictionary. Bratt diligently served the Calvin College community until his retirement in 1976.

In 2000, Rev. John Bratt passed away from congestive heart failure. Bratt is survived by his wife Gladys (Buurma); by their children, Marica and Ken Weidenaar, Evonne and Peter Kok, and James Bratt; and by six grandchildren.

Subject/Index Terms

Calvin College - Study and teaching (Higher)
Christian Reformed Church - History
Christian Reformed Church - Missions
Religion - Study and teaching (Higher)
Religion and culture

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 1.75 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of J.H. Bratt.

Other Note: See also the Campus Titles Database.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Class Notes. The Teacher, 1946-1981],
[Series 2: The Speaker and Writer, 1932-1988],

Series 2: The Speaker and Writer --- 1932-1988
Box 3
Folder 1: Wisdom literature.  Intertestamentary --- 1946-1981
Folder 2: Articles: random
Folder 3: Articles and speeches
Folder 4: Certificate of copyright, for "The Heritage of John Calvin" --- 1973
Folder 5: Christian Reformed Church issues
Folder 6: Ecumenicity in the American Setting, pamphlet --- 1982
Folder 7: H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies.  Dedication program.  A brief history --- 1932
Folder 8: Leo Peters and John Bratt exchange, articles --- 1988
Folder 9: Memoirs --- 1988
Folder 10: Postscript to Memoirs
Box 4
Folder 1
Item 1: New Testament Epistles --- 1958
Item 2: Life and Teachings of John Calvin [HERH BX9418.B743] --- 1958
Folder 2: Sermons --- 1940s
Folder 3: Sermons --- 1950-1968
Folder 4: Thesis. "The Southern Presbyterian and the Christian Reformed Churches: An Historical Comparison."  Bound copy --- 1937-1938
Folder 5: Modern Ecumenical Movements [HERH BX9.B7] --- 1958

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