John Frederick Jansen papers, 1936-1986
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.
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.
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John Frederick Jansen papers, 1936-1986, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Processed by Mandy Sutton, Archives Assistant, April 2013.
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