This work may also be found on the website of the Federation of Protestant Reformed Christian School Societies.
Professor Herman Hanko
Seminary of the Protestant Reformed Churches of America
The Federation of Protestant Reformed School Societies, 1984
This book has a rather long history. The material in the book was originally prepared for a
course in Biblical Psychology to be taught as an elective in the Seminary. When I was asked by
the Federation of Protestant Reformed School Societies to teach a course in Biblical Psychology
during a summer in 1984, the material prepared for Seminary use became the main body of
material, although adaptations were made to make it suitable for teachers rather than prospective
ministers. The book that was subsequently published contained the material of that course.
It has been proposed that the course be re-taught since almost twenty years have elapsed
since it was originally presented to the teachers, and in connection with that proposal, I was asked
for permission to reprint the book. I thought it best to go over the material carefully to edit it,
expand it in places, and clarify it where it needed clarification before it was republished. This
present edition is the result of that editing.
I must give credit for the contents of this book to two men especially. One is Dr. Herman
Bavinck, whose work on biblical Psychology I translated a number of years ago and which is
available from the Seminary in syllabus form. I have leaned heavily on that book for some of my
ideas. The other material which has been instrumental in my thinking on this subject is material
prepared by Rev. Herman Hoeksema, not now available, so far as I know, in any form, but
originally prepared as part of a Catechetics course in the Seminary.
While the book is somewhat technical, I hope to use it as a text for the course which, the
Lord willing, will be offered in the summer of 2003. If it is helpful to the teachers to make their
work in Protestant Reformed Schools more effective, we all have our covenant God to thank, who
has given us such a rich heritage.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction pages 4-8
-The Term ‘Psychology’
-Source of the Knowledge of Psychology
Chapter I: Historical Notes pages 9-14
Chapter II: The Creation of Man pages 15-21
Chapter III: Body, Soul, and Spirit pages 22-32
Chapter IV: Person, Conscience, and Heart pages 33-47
Chapter V: The Faculties of the Soul pages 48-74
Chapter VI: Some Implications of Psychology pages 75-95
Appendix: Commentary on I John 2:12-14 by Rev. H. Hoeksema pages 96-101