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Opening the Scriptures (2 vols.)

by Vonk, Cornelis

Christian’s Library Press 2013

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Opening the Scriptures (2 vols.)
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Overview

Opening the Scriptures is neither a new series of technical commentaries, nor is it a collection of sermons. Instead it offers devout church members a series of popularly accessible primers so that the average churchgoer can easily grasp them.

The organization of this series follows the four main sectional divisions of Holy Scripture: the Torah, the many prophetic books, the Psalms and wisdom books, and the New Testament. The authors of Opening the Scriptures show throughout that Holy Scripture is from A to Z the Book of God’s covenant with his people. This collection includes commentaries by theologian Cornelis Vonk on the books of Genesis and Exodus.

With Logos Bible Software, this collection is completely searchable, making the text easier to access for scholarly work and personal study. Scripture appears on mouseover in your preferred translation, and the Logos version integrates seamlessly into your digital library, so your dictionaries and other reference tools are only ever a click away.

Key Features

  • Scholarly commentaries on Genesis and Exodus written for the average churchgoer
  • Clear emphasis on God’s covenant with his people
  • Examinations of Scripture through a redemptive-historical lens

Praise for the Print Edition

Opening the Scriptures is popular in the best sense of the term: it offers deep insight from biblical scholarship to the non-specialist reader. It reads the Bible as a whole—both a literary whole (how each book has a unified structure) and as a redemptive-historical whole (how each book fits into and contributes to the one story of Scripture). Opening the Scriptures is a series that draws on the rich redemptive-historical tradition with roots in the Netherlands, and will fill a real need and be of great benefit to the non-educated and educated alike.

Michael Goheen, Jake and Betsy Tuls Chair of Missiology, Calvin Theological Seminary

The publication of Opening the Scriptures is a major publishing event. It is in continuity with the redemptive-historical approach so vital to understanding the continuity between the Old and New Testaments. Its approach is also contextual, as the authors of the commentaries connect the text with the readers. They invite the student of God’s Word to enter the ancient textual world and to hear God afresh. The series is written with the people of God in mind rather than the scholars. Pastors will do well to read it, because it will help them engage with God’s Word as well as with God’s people. I heartily endorse the series.

Willem A. VanGemeren, professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Individual Titles

Genesis

  • Author: Cornelis Vonk
  • Translators: Theodore Plantinga and Nelson D. Kloosterman
  • Series: Opening the Scriptures
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 274

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In this volume, readers are provided with an introduction to the book of Genesis. The portion of the Bible known as the Law of Moses, or Torah, is chiefly intended to give instruction about the series of covenants God made with Abraham and his seed, and Cornelis Vonk emphasizes this covenant relationship in this analysis of Genesis. He describes how Christ and the Apostles viewed Scripture, the dating of Genesis, the structure of the book, and follows with a detailed commentary on the text.

Exodus

  • Author: Cornelis Vonk
  • Translators: Theodore Plantinga and Nelson D. Kloosterman
  • Series: Opening the Scriptures
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 2013

In this volume, readers are provided with an introduction to the book of Exodus, the second book of the Law of Moses or Torah. This portion of the Bible is chiefly intended to give instruction about the series of covenants God made with Abraham and his seed. Vonk’s commentary covers the entire book, with special focus on deliverance from Egypt, the Golden Calf, and the construction and furnishings of the Tabernacle.

Product Details

  • Title: Opening the Scriptures
  • Author: Cornelis Vonk
  • Translators: Theodore Plantinga and Nelson D. Kloosterman
  • Series: Opening the Scriptures
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Volumes: 2

About Cornelis Vonk

Cornelis Vonk (1904–1993) was a Reformed preacher and pastor in the Netherlands during the twentieth century. His sermons and studies are widely known and appreciated today as a warmly devotional and pastoral treatment of the Bible.

About the Translators

Theodore Plantinga (1947–2008) was a Christian philosopher, born in the Netherlands, who worked as a translator, editor, secretary, professor, and writer in Canada for over 50 years. He taught philosophy at Redeemer University College from its founding in 1982 until his death.

Nelson D. Kloosterman serves as executive director of Worldview Resources International. He has edited and translated several scholarly works.