Bernhard de Moor

Steven Avery

Bernhard de Moor (1709-1780)

Post-Reformation Digital Library


Five Blog Posts -
Bernhard de Moor on the Heavenly Witnesses


Seven-volume, Systematic Theology, Latin online
Commentarius perpetuus in Johannis Marckii Compendium theologiae christianae didactico-elencticum (Leiden : Johannes Hasebroek)
(1761 to 1771)


Pastor Steven Dilday - Sermon Audio

Matthew Poole's Synopsis of Biblical Interpreters

Facebook - New Testament Greek Study - Steven Dilday - Does 1 John 5:7 belong? - part 2
Does 1 John 5:7 belong?
He expounds upon the doctrinal significance of the passage... - part 3
Does 1 John 5:7 belong?
De Moor begins to look at the evidence provided by manuscripts and internal coherence. -Part 4 (robust comments, Nick Sayers et al)
Does 1 John 5:7 belong?
De Moor takes up the testimony of the Fathers. Very interesting... - Part 5
Does 1 John 5:7 belong?
If 1 John 5:7 belongs, how is it that it is omitted in so many manuscripts?
De Moor searches Church History for answers (final installment on 1 John 5:7

Very interesting posts on other topics from Steven Dilday on the NTGS Facebook forum
Was the Book of Romans written in Latin?

How long was Christ's earthly ministry? The number of Passovers in the Gospel of John provides a key. Against Scaliger, Heidegger here argues that there were four.
I posted this section here because of Heidegger's interesting reflections on ἐν Σαββάτῳ δευτεροπρώτῳ, on the second-first Sabbath, in Luke 6:1.

more good stuff from Steven Dilday


De Moor Project

The purpose of this blog is to translate Bernardinus De Moor’s Didactico-Elenctic Theology (Commentarius Perpetuus in Johannes Marckii Compendium Theologiae Christianae Didactico-Elenchticum [1761- 1772]) from Latin into English. The translation work is being done by Dr. Steven Dilday. As each small, sectional unit is translated, it will be posted to this site for corporate study. As each of the thirty-four major loci (that is, doctrinal topics) is completed, it will be published in print.

Reason for the Project

The Short Answer: Bernardinus De Moor's Didactico-Elenctic Theology is a seven-volume, Systematic Theology, written from the Reformed perspective. It is the most extensive of its kind, and it thoroughly digests more than two centuries of Protestant thought.

The Long Answer: Bernardinus de Moor was born on January 29, 1709. He studied at the great Dutch University of Leiden, which had been a center of Reformed scholarship from the time of its founding in 1575. Its faculty had included some prominent Reformed theologians, such as Franciscus Junius (1592-1602), Franciscus Gomarus (1594-1611), Antonius Walaeus (1619-1639), Johannes Hoornbeeck (1653-1666), and Herman Witsius (1698-1708), among others. De Moor attended at Leiden from 1726-1730, and had the opportunity to study under Johannes Wesselius (1712-1745), remembered for his Dissertationes academicæ, and Johannes à Marck (1689-1731). De Moor was especially attached to à Marck, and à Marck, shortly before his death, asked De Moor to continue his work, which he would indeed do.

After his time at Leiden, De Moor labored in the pastoral ministry at Ingen, Broek in Waterland, Zaandam, and Enkuizen. He was appointed as professor of theology at Franeker in 1744, but, before he was even able to deliver his inaugural address, he was appointed to succeed his former teacher, Johannes Wesselius, as professor of theology at Leiden, upon Wesselius’ death (1745); De Moor continued in this position for the rest of his life.


May the Lord bless this work again, now in English-speaking lands, so that He might be glorified, and His people edified.
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Steven Avery

Review of the five pages planned here.
First a quick summary.

Part 1 is interesting, it is more on Trinity theory, including Matthew 28:19 and other verses, and the Beza questionable interpretation of Revelation 1:4-6.

Part 2 starts by giving a nod to previous writers. Then unity of essence vs. unity of consenst.

Part 3 - the first two sections continue the stylistic and internal, very good. The rest is still trying to claim extra Greek manuscripts, especially Stephanus.

Part 4 has material on Fulgentius, the Vulgate Prologue, Cyprian, Tertullian, and various other ECW evidences. The solecism came to the fore a bit later. The biggest weakness is accepting the idea that the Vulgate Prologue was not from Jerome. However, he gives Martin and Trigland as defending authenticity:

Part 5 is very good on omission theories. the best in English on the ones covered.
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Steven Avery

From Part V, Using The Witness of God

This quote is actually not Eusebius, but Caius, Presbyter of Rome.
"therefore, they have without fear laid their hands upon the divine books, claiming to restore them."
Caius, Presbyter of Rome is also credited with writing the Muratorian Fragment which lists the books of the New Testament, dated 150-180 AD.