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John Henry Stek Papers, 1951-1992

By Jen Vos

Collection Overview

Title: John Henry Stek Papers, 1951-1992

ID: COLL/601

Creator: John Henry Stek (1925-2009)

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Languages: English [eng]


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translation of the bible but does not include institutional material on the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) or unpublished notes on its creation.

Administrative Information

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

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1: Curriculum Vitae and Biography
Folder 2: Bibliography of John H. Stek
Folder 3: Bibliography and Readings in Old Testament Theology
Folder 4: Bibliography of Rhetorical Criticism
Folder 5: Bibliography of Song of Songs
Folder 6: Bibliography of O.T. Poetics
Folder 7: Bibliography For Old Testament Studies
Folder 8: A Bibliography of Rhetorical Criticism of the Old Testament
Folder 9: Bibliography of Literary Criticism
Folder 10: A Vocabulary of Rhetorical Texts (Biblical) and Related Matters
Folder 11: Course Notes: Biblical Eschatology
Folder 12: Course Syllabus: “Introduction to Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther”
Folder 13: Course: Old Testament Theology
Folder 14: Syllabus: "The Former Prophets" (1982)
Folder 15: Course 842: Missio Dei in the Old Testament
Folder 16: Manuscript: To the Jew First  An Exegetical Examination of the New Testament Theme
Box 2
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
Box 3
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
Box 4
Folder 1: Synodical Committee on "Creation and Evolution" 1966
Folder 2: Reference Material: "Calvin's Doctrine of the Creation" B.B. Warfield
Folder 3: Reference Material: Augustine on Creation" by Rev. Masselink
Folder 4: Reference Material: "Is Special Creationism a Heresy?" by Howard Van Til
Folder 5: Reference Material: "Concern for Natural Science Teachings at Calvin"
Folder 6: Reference Material: "Essay on Origins" by Allen Koop
Folder 7: Calvin Board of Trustees/Howard Van Til
Folder 8: Statement of Calvin Board of Trustees regarding Dr. Stek's teachings
Folder 9: Letter to Godwin Heights CRC regarding Overture (1982)
Folder 10: Report II: Professor Stek and the Interpretation of Genesis
Folder 11: "The Genesis Committee"
Folder 12: Synodical Study and Report on the Problem of Origins
Folder 13: Classical Overtures and Correspondence on Genesis Issue
Folder 14: Report of Synodical Committee on Creation and Science (Synod 1991)
Box 5
Folder 1: Critical Notes: "What Happened to the Chariot Wheels of Exodus 14:25?"
Folder 2: Workshop: Preaching for Advent : "Songs for a Season of Hope"
Folder 3: Lecture: "Genesis as Book of Traditions"
Folder 4: Lecture: "Genesis as Covenant Prologue"
Folder 5: Lecture: "Some Reflections on Genesis"
Folder 6: Lecture: "Reading Genesis Today: Subjectivity and Context"
Folder 7: Reference Material: Various Articles
Folder 8: Reference Material: "Adam and Evolution" by Lester De Koster
Folder 9: Paper: "Redemptive-Historical Preaching from Narrative Texts"
Folder 10: Paper: Nature and Task of a Theological Seminary
Folder 11: Notes: The Big Picture: "The Coming of the Kingdom of God"
Folder 12: Notes: Book of Joshua
Folder 13: Notes: I Kings
Folder 14: Notes: Deuteronomy
Folder 15: Notes: Book of Judges
Folder 16: Notes on Prophets Amos, Joel, and Zephaniah
Folder 17: Notes: "Rest" Theme in O.T.
Folder 18: Notes: Analysis of Judges 3:12-30
Folder 19: Notes: Stylistics of the Book of Ruth"
Folder 20: Notes: Elijah and Elisha Among the Prophets: A Timeline of the Coming of the Kingdom of God"
Folder 21: Notes: "Analysis of the Jephthah Narrative" (Judges 10:6-12:7)
Folder 22: Sermons: Canons of Dordt
Folder 23: Sermons: Introduction to Heidelberg Catechism
Folder 24: Lord's Day I: 1 ,2
Folder 25: Lord's Day II: 3 ,4, 5
Folder 26: Lord's Day III: 6, 7, 8
Folder 27: Lord's Day IV: 9, 10, 11
Folder 28: Lord's Day V: 12, 13, 14, 15
Folder 29: Lord's Day VI: 16, 17, 18, 19
Folder 30: Lord's Day VII: 20, 21, 22, 23
Folder 31: Lord's Day VIII: 24, 25
Folder 32: Lord's Day IX: 26
Folder 33: Lord's Day X: 27, 28
Folder 34: Lord's Day VI: 29, 30
Folder 35: Lord's Day XII: 31, 32
Folder 36: Lord's Day XIII: 33, 34
Folder 37: Lord's Day XIV: 35, 36
Folder 38: Lord's Day XV: 37, 38, 39
Folder 39: Lord's Day XVI: 40, 41, 42, 43, 44
Folder 40: Lord's Day XVII: 45
Folder 41: Lord's Day XVIII: 46, 47, 48, 49
Folder 42: Lord's Day XIX: 50, 51, 52
Box 6
Folder 1: Lord's Day XX: 53
Folder 2: Lord's Day XXI: 54, 55, 56
Folder 3: Lord's Day XXII: 57, 58
Folder 4: Lord's Day XXIII: 59, 60, 61
Folder 5: Lord's Day XXIV: 62, 63, 64
Folder 6: Lord's Day XXV 65, 66, 67, 68
Folder 7: Lord's Day XXVI: 69, 70, 71
Folder 8: Lord's Day XXVIII: 75, 76.77
Folder 9: Lord's Day XXIX: 78, 79
Folder 10: Lord's Day XXX: 80, 81, 82
Folder 11: Lord's Day XXXI: 83, 84, 85
Folder 12: Lord's Day XXXII: 86, 87
Folder 13: Lords Day XXXIII: 88, 89, 90, 91
Folder 14: Lord's Day XXXIV: 92, 93, 94, 95
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 15: Lord's Day XXXV: 96, 97, 98
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 16: Lord's Day XXXVI: 99, 100
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 17: Lord's Day XXXVIII: 103
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 18: Lord's Day XXXIX: 104
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 19: Lord's Day XL: 105, 106, 107
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 20: Lord's Day XLI: 108, 109
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 21: Lord's Day XLII: 110, 111
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 22: Lord's Day XLIII: 112
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 23: Lord's Day XLIV 113, 114, 115
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 24: Lord's Day XLV: 116, 117, 118, 119
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 25: Lord's Day XLVI: 120, 121
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 26: Lord's Day XLVII: 122
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 27: Lord's Day XLVIII: 123
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 28: Lord's Day XLIX: 124,
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 29: Lord's Day L: 125
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 30: Lord's Day LI: 126
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 31: Lord's Day LII: 127, 128, 129
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 32: Sermons & Talks: Genesis
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 33: Sermons & Talks: Exodus
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 34: Sermons & Talks: Leviticus
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 35: Sermons & Talks: Numbers
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 36: Sermons & Talks: Deuteronomy
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 37: Sermons & Talks: Joshua
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 38: Sermons & Talks: Judges
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 39: Sermons & Talks: I Samuel
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 40: Sermons & Talks: II Samuel
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Box 7
Folder 1: Sermons & Talks: I Kings
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 2: Sermons & Talks: II Kings
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 3: Sermons & Talks: Ezra
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 4: Sermons & Talks: Job
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 5: Sermons & Talks: Psalms
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 6: Sermons & Talks: Proverbs
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 7: Sermons & Talks: Isaiah
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 8: Sermons & Talk: Jeremiah
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 9: Sermons & Talks: Ezekiel
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 10: Sermons & Talks: Daniel
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 11: Sermons & Talks: Hosea
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 12: Sermons & Talks: Joel
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 13: Sermons & Talks: Amos
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 14: Sermons & Talks: Jonah
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 15: Sermons & Talks: Zechariah
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 16: Sermons & Talks: Malachi
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 17: Sermons & Talks: Matthew
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 18: Sermons & Talks: Mark
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 19: Sermons & Talks: Luke
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Box 8
Folder 1: Sermons & Talks: John
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 2: Sermons & Talks: Acts
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 3: Sermons & Talks: Romans
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 4: Sermons & Talks: I Corinthians
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 5: Sermons & Talks: II Corinthians
Heidelberg Catechism Sermons
Folder 6: Sermons & Talks: Galatians
Folder 7: Sermons & Talks: Ephesians
Folder 8: Sermons & Talks: Philippians
Folder 9: Sermons & Talks: Colossians
Folder 10: Sermons & Talks: Thessalonians
Folder 11: Sermons & Talks: I Timothy
Folder 12: Sermons & Talks: II Timothy
Folder 13: Sermons & Talks: Hebrews
Folder 14: Sermons and Talks: James
Folder 15: Sermons & Talks: I Peter
Folder 16: Sermons & Talks: II Peter
Folder 17: Sermons & Talks: I John
Folder 18: Sermons & Talks: Jude
Folder 19: Sermons & Talks: Revelation
Box 9
Folder 1: The Psalms: A Study in Stichometry and Strophic Patterns and Architectonic Structures