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

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Collection Overview

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translation of the bible but does not include institutional material on the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) or unpublished notes on its creation.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: Teaching Notes on the Book of Genesis
Folder 2: Note on Genesis
Folder 3: Biblical Theology
Folder 4: Syllabus: "Metaphysics of Apologetics" by Cornelius Van Til (1951)
Folder 5: Newspaper Articles
Folder 6: Article: "To the Jew First" (Calvin Theological Journal)
Folder 7: Article: "Covenant" Overload in Reformed Theology (CTJ, 1994)
Folder 8: Article: "The New Revised Standard Version: A Preliminary Assessment" (CTJ)
Folder 9: Article: "What Is Man?"
Folder 10: Article: "The World Still Does It" (Insight)
Folder 11: Article: "The End Times? They're Already Here" (The Banner, 1991)
Folder 12: Article: "The Rapture" (The Banner, 1991)"
Folder 13: Articles: Creation Today and Providence" (The Banner, 1964)
Folder 14: Article: "Biblical Typology Yesterday and Today"
Folder 15: Article: "Hermeneutics and Ethics" (Theological Forum, 1992)
Folder 16: Article: "Historiography and the History of Israel" (Torch and Trumpet, 1964)
Folder 17: Article: "Job: An Introduction"
Folder 18: Newspaper Articles: New NIV Bible (John Stek, Committee Chairman)
Folder 19: Analysis of the Jephthah Narrative (Judges 10)
Folder 20: Speech: "Calvin, Monuments, and Men" (Reformation Rally, 1959)
Folder 21: Conversation with Dr. John Bolt Re: Covenant of Works
Folder 22: Raymond MN CRC: 50th Anniversary
Folder 23: Graduation Letter to Calvin Seminary Class of 1952
Folder 24: Name Plate
Folder 25: Book Reviews: "Creation Revealed" (Frederick Filby) and "Studies in Bible and Science" (Henry Morris)
Folder 26: Book Review: "The Basic Forms of Prophetic Speech" by Claus Westermann
Folder 27: Book Review: "History and Theology in Second Isaiah" by James D. Smart
Folder 28: Misseo Dei

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