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Overview First published in 1949, this comprehensive introduction to systematic theology has served as a classroom text for students and seminarians and as a continuing reference aid for pastors and serious students of the scriptures. Now fully revised and updated by Vernon D. Doerksen, it remains a work of undiminished scholarly value. Thiessen addresses a wide rage of substantive issues in sections on theism, bibliology, theology, angelology, anthropology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology. Particularly helpful to students are two specialized indexes: an Index of Subjects, and an Index of Scriptural References that includes more than 4,000 entries. This revised edition remains completely faithful to the substance and character of the original. Reflected here, however, are the advances that have occurred since the date of it's original publication: older references frequently have given way to citations from more current biblical and theological works, and a section on personal eschatology has been incorporated for the first time. Also included in the revised edition are a completely new chapter on the Holy Spirit and a full bibliography to aid in further study.
Publishers Description Originally published in 1949 and then revised in 1979, this comprehensive introduction to systematic theology has well served countless students and pastors for more than half a century. In this paperback edition it will continue to instruct serious students of the Bible and theology. Following two introductory chapters delineating the nature, necessity, possibility, and divisions of theology, Henry Clarence Thiessen systematically address a wide range of subjects in eight major sections -- Theism, Bibliology, Theology, Anthropology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, Angelology, and Eschatology. Also included are two specialized indexes for further study -- an Index of Subjects and an Index of Scriptural References that includes over 4,000 entries.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.08" Height: 1.04" Weight: 1.42 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN 0802827292 ISBN13 9780802827296
Reviews - What do customers think about Lectures in Systematic Theology?
Classical Studies in Systematic Theology Oct 20, 2005
Dr. Henry Thiessen's work has become a classic in systematic theology books. The book is a thorough study of nearly all facets of Christian theology from the existence of God to the end times.
The work itself is written in an evangelical mindset with Dr. Thiessen taking a "moderate" Calvinistic view. Each lecture is simple to read and grasp.
Overall I recommend this book to disciples of Jesus Christ. This work is a helpful resource for a better understanding of sound doctrine (1 Timothy 4:16).
A layman concerened with truth Nov 13, 2003
This work, IN ITS ORIGINAL FORM, as a basic work in systematic theology, is top of the class, even after 54 years. Thiessen is concise, and his arguments are Biblical. I highly recommend it, regardless of your level of Biblical education.
I owned/managed a Christian bookstore. I have become quite familar, and in some cases intimately so, with theological writings. Most of the time I was disappointed with the treatment concerning salvation and associated doctrines as they were written primarily from a Calvinist/Reformed viewpoint. I had been looking for a work that dealt with the issues in a strictly Biblical manner, and HCT's work came to my attention.
While researching it I discovered that the original work had been 'edited', and the editing actually changed what HCT had stated originally. I purchased a used copy of the original, borrowed a copy of the edited version and did a comparison, particularly concerning the issues I already mentioned. To my dismay I discovered that HCT's stand and teaching on the matter had been markedly changed.
In reading the original work I was impressed with the similarity of my conclusions from my Biblical understanding to those of HCT. It immediately became my preferred theological work.
In the edited work this statement is made: "Extensive revisions mark the sections on inspiration, election, demons, and pretribulationism." The fact is that what HCT believed was the Biblical position and taught in his work was changed-up to make certain of his positions unrecognizable.
Apart from the theological disposition of the reader, it is, in my view, unethical to add, remove, and change a person's work to the extent that what they originally stated is perverted, that is, is no longer recognizable as the author's position. The upshot of that is that when a post 1979 edition is purchased with HCT's name on the cover, the reader is assuming that the content is the position of the original author. In this case, they are tragically misled.
I searched for and purchased several used coped of the original and sold them in the bookstore, recommending it above all others. I still do recommend it as the best introductory level theology I know of.
If you choose to buy it, search for a pre-1979 edition and get HCT's statements on the issues. They are invaluable.
Extremely good, terse introduction to systematic theology Dec 10, 2002
I used this book as part of a two semester masters course in systematic theology. I -am- dispensationalist so am probably biased but I liked the level of treatment this book gave. All the topics were tackled, lots of biblical references and it wasn't so wordy that I got bored. I really liked the section on soteirology, I was actually inspired to get a couple of gospel messages out of it. Systematic Theology can be dry. This book isn't.
Great Dispensational Doctrinal Overview Jun 30, 2001
This is one of the better intro's to theology. It is concise, yet very informative. It is also from a Dispensational perspective. Most of the more popular systematic theologies are not Dispensational, except for Ryrie's and Chafer's.
As for the revised version changing from election based on God's foreknowledge (Arminian view) to election based on God's sovereignty (Calvinist view), I believe it was a mistake. To change the position of the original author is to take away from the book. One doesn't have to agree with everything he says to benefit from his writings. And besides, Dispensationalists are divided on this view, as are many evangelicals, so why not just leave Theissen's view in Theissen's book? My 5 star rating is for the original work.
Very good Systematic Theology Book Apr 25, 2001
This book is one of the best introductory systematic theology books out there. This book can go side-by-side with Charles Ryrie's "Basic Theology". Both books are for introductory level systematic theology students, and both are dispensationally oriented. Thiessen gives concise yet full treatments on every doctrine out there in evangelical theology. He does not go on and on with each doctrine, but goes right to the point. The change made by the most recent edition of the book regarding predestination is correct. This is the only dark spot about Thiessen's views. The editors were correct when they opted for the Calvinistic view of election rather than the Arminian. However, besides that one minor error, this book is a good way to start off systematic theology study before going into those multi-volume works. It is unfortunate that dispensationally oriented systematic theology books are few. Chafer's eight-volume work may be considered out-of-date even with classical dispensationalists. For all those looking for a good introductory level systematic theology book, this does the job.