Original Research - Special Collection: Kerkhervorming 1517-2017

Dr Oepke Noordmans (1871–1956): His contribution to ecclesiology and canon law

Barry J. Van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 1 | a4542 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i1.4542 | © 2017 Barry J. Van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 March 2017 | Published: 31 July 2017

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Barry J. Van Wyk, Unit for Reformed Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North West University, South Africa


Noordmans was a minister of the Nederlandse Hervormde Kerk and made a substantial contribution to the theological debate in and outside his church. His work reflects his wide theological interest in various disciplines like dogmatics and canon law, but also in philosophy, phenomenology and as ‘homme de lettres’. His contribution to canon law is of exceptional interest with specific reference to his Christological ecclesiology and his conviction that proper knowledge of the church according to Scripture is a precondition for church ordinance. He also played a substantial role in the process of his church to decide on a new church order.


Noordmans; ecclesiology; canon law; church history; church polity; church ordinance


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