George N. H. Peters

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George N. H. Peters
Born November 29, 1825
New Berlin, Pennsylvania, United States
Died October 9, 1909
Occupation Minister
Spouse(s) Caroline Hersheiser

George N. H. Peters (November 30, 1825 – October 7, 1909) was an American Lutheran minister and author of The Theocratic Kingdom. His premillennial views were in conflict with the majority of Lutherans who held postmillennial beliefs.[1][2]


George Nathaniel Henry Peters was born on November 30, 1825 in New Berlin, Pennsylvania to Isaac Cyrus Peters and Magdalene Miller. He moved with his family to Springfield, Ohio at the age of ten. He enrolled in Wittenberg College in 1846. Difficulty with his eyes from a gunpowder burn required him to take a break from school during his junior year, but he returned and graduated in 1850.[2]

In Mansfield, Ohio, around 1853, he met and married his wife, Caroline Hersheiser. They had two sons, Edgar Edwards Peters (born 1854) and Charles Cyrus Peters. He served as treasurer of the Wittenberg Synod from 1853 to 1858. He was a member of the board of directors of Wittenberg College from 1855 to 1859. Wittenberg College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1907.[2]

Peters died on October 7, 1909, at the age of 83.[2]

Published work[edit]

In 1884, Peters' major work, The Theocratic Kingdom—a three-volume defense of non-dispensational premillennial theology—was published for the first time, by Funk and Wagnalls;[3] it was reprinted in 1952 and 1972. In the preface of the 1952 edition, Wilbur E. Smith calls it "the most exhaustive, thoroughly annotated and logically arranged study of Biblical prophecy that appeared in our country during the nineteenth century."[3]


  1. ^ "George N. H. Peters Papers" (PDF). Dallas Theological Seminary. Retrieved 2010-09-16. George Nathaniel Henry Peters was born to Isaac Cyrus and Magdalene Miller Peters on November 30, 1825, in New Berlin, Pennsylvania. ... 
  2. ^ a b c d James Grant Wilson and John Fiske (ed.). "George Nathaniel Henry Peters". Appleton's Cyclopedia. Retrieved 2010-09-16. George Nathaniel Henry Peters, clergyman, b. in New Berlin, Union co.. Pa., 30 Nov., 1825. He was graduated at Wittenberg college, Springfield. Ohio, in 1850, and was pastor of Lutheran churches in Woodbury, Springfield, Xenia, and Plymouth, Ohio, but has been retired for many years. He is a conservative premillenarian, and. in addition to numerous articles, has published "The Theocratic Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ." the result of thirty years labor ... 
  3. ^ a b Jones, Kenneth E. (December 1981). "An Amillennial Reply to Peters: A Review Article" (PDF). Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (24/4): 333–341.