Vos Group #8: The Development Leading Up to the Noachian Revelation, Part 1

This week, Dr. Lane Tipton leads Christ the Center’s “Vos Group” through chapter 5 of Geerhardus Vos’s Biblical Theology, “The Noachian Revelation and the Development Leading Up to It.” In the first part of the chapter, pages 45–51, Vos explores the significance of the Canaanites and the Sethites in the biblical story, prior to Noah. Next time, we will discuss the rest of chapter 5, pages 51–55.

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Roughly each month, Lane and Camden will work through the pages of Vos’ Biblical Theology. While Vos’ book is foundational, it’s tough for the “uninitiated” to access. This will be a great opportunity for study groups to listen to our discussions and work things out together. We hope everyone who participates will learn more about Reformed biblical theology. Pick up a copy of Biblical Theology and get on the BT wagon!

Lane G. Tipton is Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He has appeared numerous times on our programs. Please visit our archives to listen to Dr. Tipton speak about a range of theological topics.

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Michael

3 years ago

To avoid the academically embarrassing belief in the supernatural one will even destroy all of biblical doctrine. So Sethites are ‘good’ by birth? And it is possible to create evil by intermarriage with so-called ‘evil by birth’ Cainites?

Those Sons of God (angels) left their first estate. This explains their ability to impregnate human women. And if angels in the Old Testament can take human form to the degree of eating food then they can engage in sexual activity.

If you are going to say the ‘line of Cain’ is evil by birth then you have to propose that Satan is the actual father of Cain. Satan ‘beguiled’ – seduced – Eve and her first child was Cain by the Devil. If you don’t want to go there then you can’t propose the ‘line of Cain’ is evil by birth.

You are merely trying to avoid the supernatural.

Michael

3 years ago

Well, nobody is interested in the subject because academic theologians (as opposed to spiritual battlefield theologians) just grin when confronted with it, and say: “Does anybody really believe that supernatural stuff anymore? Really?”

Michael

3 years ago

I’ll talk to myself… One can say I’m overstating, but am I? I mean we see it everywhere with academic theologians.

I wouldn’t call this the exact same thing, but I remember noticing that Robert L. Reymond’s systematic theology didn’t have a chapter on angels. That’s telling. He eventually wrote an article on angels he published on the ‘net that came across as a bit petulant and annoyed, as if he’d been pestered into acknowledging that he believed in such things.

Michael

3 years ago

I think I misspoke on Reymond, I take that back.

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