Christ and the Powers

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Herald Press, 1977 - Religion - 79 pages
"We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers...against spiritual wickedness in high places." --Ephesians 6:12. This small but important book by Hendrik Berkhof ushered in a wave of studies on "the powers" spoken of in the New Testament, profoundly influencing William Stringfellow, Jacques Ellul, Marva Dawn, Walter Wink, and many others. John Howard Yoder brought it to an English-speaking audience for the first time in this translation, and drew from it in his own famous work, The Politics of Jesus.

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Berkhof's short exposition sketching out the place and role of the powers in the New Testament and God's economy. The author does well at seeing the value of what he has written for what it is and ... Read full review

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Berkhof provides a unique perspective on the "powers" Paul mentions in several places in his writings. The conclusion is that they are not "angels," or even personal beings, per se, but rather systems ... Read full review


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Hendrikus Berkhof (1914-1995) was a Dutch Reformed pastor, scholarly theologian, seminary rector, and world-renowned churchman. He participated in the German Confessing Church movement of the 1930s and was one of the top executives in the World Council of Churches, 1954-74. As a prolific author, he is best known for his masterpiece in doctrinal theology, Christelijk Geloof (Christian Faith), 1973, and his Christus de zin der geschiedenis (Christ, the Meaning of History), 1958. Christus en de machten (Christ and the Powers), was first published in 1952.

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