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John Henry Stek Papers, 1951-1992 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: John Henry Stek Papers, 1951-1992

ID: COLL/601

Primary Creator: John Henry Stek (1925-2009)

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Bible. New Testament, Bible. Old Testament, Calvin College - Employees, Calvin Theological Seminary, Christianity and other Religions., Sermons - Outlines, syllabi, etc

Forms of Material: Sermons

Languages: English


Rev. John Henry Stek (1925 – 2009) was a pastor, bible scholar and translator, and professor of Old Testament Studies at Calvin Theological Seminary who was instrumental in the creation of the New Living Version (NIV) of the bible. This collection contains Stek’s teaching notes on the Old Testament as well as articles, correspondence, and sermons about the bible, catechism, and teaching.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The John Henry Stek Papers include course materials (including syllabi, bibliographies, and lecture notes), correspondence, papers, articles, and sermons. Topics include the bible and biblical studies, theology, the Heidelberg catechism, as well as the institutions of Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary.

This collection is notable in that it provides evidence of Stek’s thoughts and teachings on scriptures. It also gives insight into the educational pedagogy of Calvin University and Seminary in the 1950s and 60s, notably on the subject of Genesis and creation versus evolution.

The collection also includes articles written by Stek about the New Living Version (NIV) translation of the bible but does not include institutional material on the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) or unpublished notes on its creation.

Collection Historical Note

Rev. John Henry Stek was a pastor, bible scholar and translator, and professor of Old Testament Studies at Calvin Theological Seminary. He was born in Iowa in 1925. He graduated from Calvin College with a BA in 1949 and a BD from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1952. Stek entered ministry in the Christian Reformed Church in 1955 and in 1961 was appointed as professor of Old Testament Studies at Calvin Theological Seminary where he served until his retirement in 1991.

Stek was instrumental in the creation and translation of the New International Version (NIV) of the bible which was published in 1978 as well as the Today’s New International Version (TNIV) published in 2003. He was a member of the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) and served as the committee chair from 1990 through the early 2000s.

Subject/Index Terms

Bible. New Testament
Bible. Old Testament
Calvin College - Employees
Calvin Theological Seminary
Christianity and other Religions.
Sermons - Outlines, syllabi, etc

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 8 Boxes

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research use within Heritage Hall.

Acquisition Source: David Stek

Acquisition Method: Donation

Preferred Citation: [item], folder, box, John Henry Stek Papers, Heritage Hall (Hekman Library), Calvin University

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Folder 1: Portraits of Creation: Chapter 7 "What Says the Scripture?" by John Stek
Folder 2: Book Reviews: Portraits of Creation
Folder 3: Paper: "Some Reflections on Genesis"
Folder 4: Paper: "The Ministry of John the Baptist in the Fourth Gospel"
Folder 5: Paper: "The Preacher As Exegete"
Folder 6: Paper: "The Role of the Irrational in Greek Thought"
Folder 7: Paper: "Psalm 103: Its Thematic Architecture"
Folder 8: Analysis of the Jephthah Narrative
Folder 9: Various Poetry
Folder 10: Stylistics of the Book of Ruth
Folder 11: The Population of Ancient Israel (Numbers in the O.T.)
Folder 12: Recent Archaeological News
Folder 13: Formation of Mid-America Seminary
Folder 14: Randall Lankheet Correspondence
Folder 15: Correspondence with Del
Folder 16: Correspondence with Albert Wolters
Folder 17: Correspondence with Harlan Groenenboom regarding "Creationomics"
Folder 18: Correspondence with Lora Copley regarding Sermon "Business with God"
Folder 19: Correspondence on Genesis Issue
Folder 20: Various Correspondence
Folder 21: Constitution of Tau Nun Kaph (O.T. Club)
Folder 22: Tau Nun Kaph Club material
Folder 23: Ta Nak Sketches
Folder 24: Old Testament Club (Ta Nak) Notes on Genesis
Folder 25: O.T. Club Sermon Notes
Folder 26: CCCS (Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship)
Folder 27: Request to Critique "The Seven Days of Creation" by James Skillen
Folder 28: The Challenge of Biblical Translation
Folder 29: Conference on Spirituality (Toronto, 1984)
Folder 30: Wedding Ceremonies

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