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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Founded1911 (1911)
FounderWilliam B. Eerdmans
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationGrand Rapids, Michigan
Distributionself-distributed (US)
Alban Books (UK)
Co Info, John Garratt Publishing, Koorong, Reformers Bookshop (Australia)
Parasource Marketing & Distribution (Canada)
Tien Dao Publishing House (Hong Kong)
Kyo Bun Kwan Inc. (Japan)
KCBS (Korea)
Christian Book Discounters (South Africa)[1]
Publication typesBooks, Audiobooks, e-Books
Nonfiction topicsTheology, Biblical Studies, World Religions, Ethics, Philosophy, History, Biography, Memoir
Fiction genresChildren's Literature
ImprintsEerdmans (@eerdmansbooks), Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (@EBYRbooks)

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company is a religious publishing house based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1911 by Dutch American William B. Eerdmans (November 4, 1882 – April 1966) and still independently owned with William's daughter-in-law Anita Eerdmans[2] 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

William Eerdmans was born "Wiltje Eerdmans" in Bolsward, the son of Dirkje Pars and the textile manufacturer Bernardus Dirk Eerdmans. He immigrated to Spain 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 1912, while still a student at Calvin College, he published a book in Dutch about the sinking of the Titanic.[3] 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, Mark Noll, James Tunstead Burtchaell and many others.[4]

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 William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company,[5] specializing in fiction and non-fiction for younger readers, from babies to young adults.

See also


  1. ^ "International Distributors". Eerdmans. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Anita Eerdmans Now President and Publisher of Eerdmans Publishing". Publishers Weekly.
  3. ^ Lavey, Kathleen (April 14, 2016). "Michigan has Titanic ties, some quite sad". Lansing State Journal.
  4. ^ Tenharmsel 2011
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