Early Twentieth-Century Dispensationalism of Arno C. Gaebelein

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This study presents an analytical description of the theological methods of Arno C. Gaebelein, a leading dispensational and fundamentalist speaker and writer. Gaebelein’s entire theological system, ground in a thorough acceptance of evangelical belief and emphasizing bibliology, Christology, and eschatology, was organized around the central interpretive motif of prophetic hope focused on the personal Second Coming of Christ. While contributing to a deeper understanding of the history of fundamentalism and dispensationalism, Gaebelein’s example helps to establish a descriptive definition of dispensationalism based mostly upon hermeneutical concerns.


“Dr. Michael Stallard has risen to the challenge and has provided a definitive scholarly volume on the theological method of Arno C. Gaebelein which is systematically organized, balanced, detailed, thoroughly documented, clearly presented, and cognizant of the larger theological world’s methods, hermeneutics and literature (including current debate and nomenclature)…. A significant contribution to the theological world, a must-read that will undoubtedly encourage similar studies on other well-respected leaders in the fundamentalist-evangelical movement.” – Dr. David A Rausch, Ashland University, author of Arno C. Gabelein

“This book will serve as a definitive work on the life, significance, and theology of Gaebelein through his letters and other writings (including the important magazine Our Hope)…. This work will expand and sharpen the reader’s understanding of dispensational premilliennialism in areas that are still significant today.” – Charles C. Ryrie, author, The Ryrie Study Bible

“His treatment of Arno Gaebelein interprets both the historic influences and the theological method and message which Gaebelein presented….Stallard has shown sensitivity and respect for Arno Gaebelein whose ministry left a significant shadow on the twentieth century of evangelical life. At the same time, he has considered his work in categories which enable the reader to relate his contribution to our contemporary discussion.” – Elliott Johnson

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings):
1. Introduction
2. Life and Ministry (Early Years; Jewish Outreach; National Ministry; Holocaust Years)
3. Special Influences: Émile Guers, Zionism and the Niagara Conference
4. The Literal Hermeneutic
5. Dispensational Integration
6. The Central Interpretive Motif
7. Summary and Conclusion
Bibliography; General Index; Scripture Index

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