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G. Ch. Aalders

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G. Ch. Aalders
G. Ch. Aalders in 1931
G. Ch. Aalders in 1931
BornGerhard Charles Aalders
(1880-03-25)March 25, 1880
London, England, U.K.
DiedJanuary 30, 1961(1961-01-30) (aged 80)
Heemstede, North Holland, Netherlands
OccupationAuthor, professor
CitizenshipKingdom of the Netherlands
Alma materFree University of Amsterdam
SubjectYoung Earth creationism
Years active1920s-1961
Notable worksA Short Introduction to the Pentateuch
Maria Westerink
(m. 1903)

Gerhard Charles Aalders (25 March 1880 – 30 January 1961), usually styled as G. Ch. Aalders, was a Dutch Old Testament scholar. He was born in London to an English mother and a Dutch father. He studied from 1897 to 1903 at the Free University of Amsterdam.[2] He served as a minister of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands from 1903 to 1920, and as Professor of Old Testament at the Free University from 1920 to 1950.[3] He was rector magnificus of that institution twice.

Aalders is best known for his books A Short Introduction to the Pentateuch (which I. Howard Marshall says kept him going during his student days)[4] and The Problem of the Book of Jonah. He also wrote a number of commentaries in the Korte Verklaring series: Genesis, Daniel, Esther, Jeremiah, and Lamentations.[5] He was an editor of the series "Commentaar op het Oude Testament" and wrote the commentary "Het Hooglied".[6] He played a mayor role in creating the Dutch translation of the Bible of the Dutch Bible Society.[2]

Historian George Harinck suggests that, along with Seakle Greijdanus, F. W. Grosheide, and Jan Ridderbos, Aalders "took the lead in Neo-Calvinist exegetical production."[7] According to historian of science Abraham Flipse, Aalders introduced American-style Young Earth creationism into the Netherlands in the 1930s.[8]


  1. ^ "Gerhard Charles Aalders". FamilySearch. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Aalders, Gerhard Charles (1880-1961)". Huygens Institute (in Dutch). 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Gerhard Charles Aalders," in Tyndale Bulletin 9 (1961), p. 2.
  4. ^ Marshall, I. Howard (1 July 2004). Beyond the Bible (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology): Moving from Scripture to Theology. Baker Books. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-4412-0663-3. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  5. ^ "K .V. (Korte Verklaring)". Antiquariaat Müller (in Afrikaans). Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  6. ^ Verhoef, Pieter A. Aalders, G. Ch. (ed.). "Commentaar op het Oude Testament" [Commentary on the Old Testament] (in Dutch). OCLC 3372136. Retrieved 28 March 2023. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ Meer, Jitse M. van der; Mandelbrote, Scott (2008). Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions: God, Scripture and the rise of modern science (1200-1700). Brill. p. 346. ISBN 978-90-04-17192-3. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  8. ^ Flipse, Abraham C. (2012). "The Origins of Creationism in the Netherlands: The Evolution Debate among Twentieth-Century Dutch Neo-Calvinists" (PDF). Church History. 81: 126. doi:10.1017/S000964071100179X. S2CID 145383231.