Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

John Frederick Jansen papers, 1936-1986

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jansen, John Frederick
Title: John Frederick Jansen papers
Dates: 1936-1986
Abstract John Jansen (1918-1987) was a Presbyterian pastor, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary professor, and author. John Frederick Jansen’s papers document his teaching career at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, his biblical research and his writing career.
Identification: 2004-001
Extent: 2 feet, 11 inches
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Biographical note

John Jansen (1918-1987) was a Presbyterian pastor, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary professor, and author. Jansen was born in the Netherlands, but immigrated with his family to New England in 1923. He received his A.B. in English at Princeton University and his Doctor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1945. He also studied at Yale Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, the University of Utrecht, the University of Leiden, and the University of Cambridge. Jansen was ordained to serve as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in 1943, and he served as the minister of Flemington Presbyterian Church in New Jersey from 1946-1949.

In 1949, Jansen started his professorial career as the Associate Professor of Bible and the Dean of Men at Carroll College in Wisconsin. From 1952-1958, Jansen acted as a Professor of Religion at Hanover College in Indiana. In 1958, he moved to the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary to teach New Testament Interpretation. He was declared a professor emeritus at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1983.

Jansen also had a strong career as an author, writing eight books: Calvin’s Doctrine of the Work of Christ (1956), Guests of God, Meditations on the Lord’s Supper (1956), The Meaning of Baptism, Meditations (1958), O Povo de Deus,Studies in I Peter Given in Portugal (1964), Let Us Worship God (1966), Exercises in Interpreting Scripture (1973), Biblical Images, Windows to God’s Way in our World (1976) and The Resurrection of Jesus Christ in New Testament Theology (1980). He also published many articles about theological topics.

Jansen was married to Mary L. Cabiness Jansen and had five sons.

Scope and Content Note

John Frederick Jansen’s papers document his teaching career at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, his biblical research and his writing career. The collection is split into three series: Teaching, Writing and Research, and General.

While a professor at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Jansen taught a wide variety of courses, including many courses on the exegesis of various books of the Bible. The Teaching series includes papers related to his teaching career. The Teaching series has two sub-series: Class Notes and Teaching Activities. Class Notes is organized by course topic, and includes papers such as course syllabi, course assignments, and course topic research. Class Notes material makes up the large majority of the series. The Teaching Activities subseries includes printed materials related to special lectures he gave that were not related to any course he was teaching. This series comprises 19 inches of the collection.

The Writings and Research series includes printed material related to both Jansen’s far-reaching biblical research and his writing career. This series is divided into four subseries: Research Files, Notes, Unpublished Writing and Published Writing. Seven inches of research files include handwritten notes and reading notes related to theological topics. The Unpublished Writing and Published Writing series is comprised of three inches of Jansen’s book chapters and articles. Some of the materials in Unpublished Writing are annotated by Jansen. The Notes subseries is five inches of handwritten and typed notes related to Jansen’s biblical research and readings.

The last inch of the collection is the General series. This series includes a small amount of correspondence related to Jansen’s career, Jansen’s Curriculum Vitae, and printed material related to the Mission Emphasis Team. Jansen served on the Mission Emphasis Team in 1974, which was a committee concerned with evangelism efforts within the Presbyterian Church.


Access Restrictions

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Jansen, John Frederick.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary--Faculty.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.--Education.
Christian education.
Lecture notes.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Frederick Jansen papers, 1936-1986, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Processing Information

Processed by Mandy Sutton, Archives Assistant, April 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection


H010b Class Notes:
301 Life and Teaching of Jesus, 1970-1977
Acts (3 folders),1955-1979 and undated
F004 Assorted class notes,1958-1980 and undated
H010b Baptism in the New Testament,1947-1966
B.E. 315 I Corinthians (2 folders),1973-1981 and undated
Bi 331 Philippians Exegesis, 1967-1980 and undated
B.E. 335 Luke,1972-1973 and undated
BI 116 and 216 NT (2 folders),1982-1983 and undated
B.I. 203 Exposition of Hebrews,1980
Bi 205 Romans (2 folders),1975 and undated
B.I. 367 Exposition: The Book of Revelation, 1978-1982 and undated
B.I. 400 Interpreting the Bible Today,1968-1970 and undated
Biblical Poetry,1953-1956
B. Th. 361 New Testament Theology I, 1965-1978 and undated
Biblical Theology 325, N.T. Biblical Theology,1969 and undated
C6s/Bi335 The Gospel According to John,1986
Exegetical Skills,1967-1982 and undated
Galatians,1977 and undated
Hebrews (2 folders), 1958-1974 and undated
H011a Interpreting the N.T. Today III, General Epistles Revelation Canon,1940, 1980-1983 and undated
Memory and Hope in the New Testament,1986
New Quest of the Historical Jews, 1964-1965
N.T. Exegesis and Sermon Design, 1980
N.T. Theology,1969-1973 and undated
Old Testament (2 folders), 1952-1976 and undated
TH 212 Theological Task in the Reformed Tradition, 1986 and undated
Teaching Activities:
Special lecture materials, 1954-1980 and undated
Uniform Series: John the Gospel of Life, 1985

Research and Writings

H011a Research Files:
19th century, undated
F004 Biblical quotes and commentaries, undated
H011a Biblical theory, 1946-1947 and undated
Bultmann - Barth,undated
Christianity and Judaism articles,1965-1973
Christological texts, 1974
F004 Concordance, undated
H011a I, II Corinthians, undated
I Corinthians XV, undated
Ephesians (2 folders), 1982 and undated
Evangelism,1974 and undated
Goguel, undated
Jewish dialogue (2 folders),1973-1982
John, undated
Knox, 1952 and undated
Mark, 1962-1966 and undated
N.T. Introduction, undated
Other contemp.,1957-1964 and undated
Pannenberg - Moltmann,1965 and undated
I Peter, undated
Revelations,1975 and undated
Salvation N.T.,1969 and undated
Theology of Resurrection,1954-1969 and undated
“Who is Jesus?,” “Jesus and the Law,” 1976 and undated
Word Studies, 1936 and undated
Handwritten notes (5 folders), undated
Reading notes,undated
F004 Assorted printed notes, undated
Unpublished Writing:
Assorted papers, undated
Death and the Old Testament, 1963
Eusebius, undated
Marcellus, 1978
Study Guide to the Work of the Holy Spirit,undated
Published Writing:
Assorted papers,1968-1980
“Commitment: A Perspective from the New Testament,” and “The Blood of Christ,” 1972-1974
Harper’s Bible Dictionary, 1983


F004 Correspondence,1974-1986
Curriculum Vitae, undated
Mission Emphasis Team, 1974