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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company


William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Founded 1911
Founder William B. Eerdmans
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Grand Rapids, Michigan
Publication types Books
Official website .com.eerdmanswww

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company is a religious publishing house based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1911 by William B. Eerdmans [c.1880-1966] and still independently owned with William's son Bill Eerdmans as President, Eerdmans has long been known for publishing a wide range of Christian and religious books, from academic works in Christian theology, biblical studies, religious history, and reference to popular titles in spirituality, social and cultural criticism, and literature.


  • William B. Eerdmans 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Sources 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • External links 6

William B. Eerdmans

William Bernard Eerdmans (4 November 1882, Bolsward –April 1966, Grand Rapids, Michigan) was a Dutch American publisher known for the William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Eerdmans was born "Wiltje Eerdmans", the son of Dirkje Pars and the textile manufacturer Bernardus Dirk Eerdmans. He immigrated to the United States in 1902, heading for Grand Rapids, Michigan, a center of 19th century Dutch immigration and Calvinism. In 1911 with his partner, Brant Sevensma, Eerdmans formed the Eerdmans-Sevensma book dealership, specializing in theological textbooks. In 1915, Sevensma left, and Eerdmans continued as sole owner of the renamed William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Over his career Eerdmans published books by authors including C. S. Lewis, Karl Barth, Richard J. Neuhaus, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Richard Mouw, Martin Marty, Rowan Williams, Joan Chittister, Dorothy Day, and many others.

After his death in 1966, he was succeeded by his son, William B. Eerdmans Jr.

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers began in 1995 as an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company,[1] specializing in quality fiction and non-fiction for younger readers, from babies to young adults.

See also


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  • William B. Eerdmans (1880-1966) at the New Netherland Institute
  • 100 Years of Eerdmans: A Timeline of Major Events


  • Kirch, Claire (Sep 30, 2011). "Eerdmans at 100: Building on Tradition".  
  • ten Harmsel, Larry; Reinder Van Til (2011). An Eerdmans Century: 1911–2011.  

External links

  • Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
  • Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
  • The New International Commentary on the New Testament
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