Herman Nicholas Ridderbos was born on February 13, 1909, and died at his home on March 8, 2007. He completed his ministerial training at what is now the Theological University in Kampen and his doctorate in New Testament at the Free University of Amsterdam. From 1934 he served two congregations (one in a small village in the eastern part of the country, the other in Rotterdam), until 1943 when he was appointed professor of New Testament in Kampen. He held the chair until his retirement in 1978. Among his major publications in English are: The Coming of the Kingdom, Paul: An Outline of His Theology, Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures, and commentaries on the Epistle to the Galatians and the Gospel of John. Many other important books and article remain untranslated. From 1945 to 1982 he was closely associated with Het Gereformeerd Weekblad (The Reformed Weekly), an influential periodical in the Netherlands, from 1957 to 1978 as editor-in-chief. He was actively involved for many years as a member of the Central Committee of the Anti-Revolutionary Party and chairman of the board of the Foundation for Christian Psychiatric Hospitals. The funeral service took place on Tuesday, March 13, 2007, in the historic Burgwalkerk, the church of his childhood and of which he and his family had been members since 1943.
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