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Title: Ralph Janssen Collection, 1918-1972Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/133

Primary Creator: Ralph Janssen (1874-1972)

Extent: 1.0 Box

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Professor of Old and New Testament Exegesis at Calvin Seminary. Reports and pamphlets referring to the controversy in the Christian Reformed Church over the teachings of R. Janssen at Calvin Seminary, also correspondence.

Biographical Note

Ralph Janssen was born in Zeeland, Michigan, in 1874. Janssen received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1897. Janssen furthered his education by studying abroad, attending the universities of Halle-Wittenberg and Heidelberg in Germany and Strasbourg of France.  In 1892, Janssen received his PhD in philosophy from Halle-Wittenberg.  In 1902, Janssen accepted a faculty position at Calvin College as professor of Greek and Hebrew. By 1906, Janssen set off for Europe again, this time to study at the University of Leipzig, the Divinity School of the United Free Church in Glasgow, and the Free University of Amsterdam. 

In 1909, Janssen became Professor of Greek at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, until 1914.  Janssen returned to Grand Rapids as Calvin Seminary Chair of Hebrew Language and Exegesis. Because of the controversy surrounding Janssen, he was dismissed from his teaching duties in 1923. Also in 1923, Janssen moved to Chicago and became a stockbroker at Halsey Stuart Investment Company. Janssen continued to do some lecturing and tutoring until his death in 1942.  Janssen and his wife, Johanna, had six children together: John, Gertrude, Andrew, Catherine, Martha, and Margaret.

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Series 1: The Janssen CaseAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Communication to consistory of Second CRC Englewood, Illinois; G. B. Van HeyningenAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Genealogy of Weersing family, includes JanssenAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Inhoudende een Protest tegenden besluit van de Synode --- 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Nedere Toelichting Omtrent de Zaak Janssen, door vier professorenAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Ralph Janssen after Fifty Years, Reformed Journal --- Dec-72Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ralph Janssen papers --- 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Ralph Janssen papers, "De Zaak van Dr. Ralph Janssen, Synode, 1920"Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Reports and Decisions in the Case of Dr. R. Janssen --- 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Report to the Curatorium of the CRC in North America concerning teachings of Dr. Janssen, D. H. Kromminga, et al.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Verdediging van het Besluit der Synode van 1922 ter Afzetting van Dr. Janssen Tegenover een ProtestAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Waar het in the Zaak Janssen om Gaat, door Vier Professoren en Vier PredikantenAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: De Crisis in de Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk in America --- 1922Add to your cart.
[HERH BX6823.J3 C7]
Folder 13: De Synodale Conclusies --- 1923Add to your cart.
[HERH BX6823.J3 S9]
Folder 14: Het Synodale Vonnis en Zijne Voorgeschiedenis Kerkrechtelijk Beoordeeld --- 1922Add to your cart.
[HERH BX6823.J3 S92]
Folder 15: Voorzetting van den Strijd --- 1922Add to your cart.
[HERH BX6823.J3 V6]

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