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Title: Ralph John Danhof Collection, 1924-1953

ID: COLL/371

Primary Creator: Danhof, Ralph John

Extent: 0.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church and denominational stated clerk. The collection includes course materials while a student at Calvin Theological Seminary; a pamphlet; and papers and lectures written later about South Africa, polygamy, education, eschatology, parables, Christ, prayer, inspiration, and the Virgin Mary.

Biographical Note

Ralph John Danhof (28 Jul. 1900-13 Oct. 1971) was born in Chicago, Illinois to John and Marie (nee Hoekstra) Danhof. He graduated from Calvin College, 1922; Calvin Theological Seminary in 1925; and earned a Th.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1929.  Ordained 13 September 1929 in the ministry of the Christian Reformed Church, he served First in Pella, IA; Fourteenth Street in Holland, MI; Neland Avenue in Grand Rapids, MI 1945-1956.  During his tenure at Neland Avenue he served at the part-time Stated Clerk of the denomination; the position became full-time in 1956 and he served until 1970.

Danhof and Margaret Van Dellen, also from Chicago, were married in 1925.  They had four children: John William, Helene Marilyn, Calvin Robert, and Roger Jay.

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[Series 1: Miscellaneous],

Series 1: Miscellaneous
Box 1
Folder 1: Course Bible by Doctrines --- 1924-1943
Folder 2: Epistle study notes
Folder 3: The Three Worlds
Folder 4: Polygamy in Old Testament Times
Folder 5: Race Problem in South Africa
Folder 6: Racial Apartheid Policies in South Africa
Folder 7: Curatorium en het Praeparatoir Examen --- 1931
Folder 8: The One and the Many [HERH BX9422.5.D3] --- 1935
Folder 9: Lectures re: Prayer, inspiration --- Dec. 13, 1933 - June 6, 1934
Folder 10: Lectures re: Jesus, Henry Schultze on education --- Sept. 26, 1934 - Feb. 20, 1935
Folder 11: Lectures re: Virgin mother, Christ's image --- Feb. 20, 1935 - May 22, 1935
Folder 12: Lectures re: Eschatology --- Sept. 18, 1935 - Jan. 29, 1936
Folder 13: Lectures re: Parables --- Oct. 14, 1936 - Feb. 24, 1937
Folder 14: Names of Christ, poetry --- undated
Folder 15: To the Stated Clerk (R. J. Danhof) of the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church - a protest from Harry R. Boer --- 1953
Folder 16: Essentials of Christianity --- 1933
Folder 17: Sermons - Daniel --- n.d.
Folder 18: Sermons - Revelations --- 1941-1952, n.d.

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