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Select Works of Simon J. Kistemaker (6 vols.)

, 1966–2006
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This collection offers six works from respected Reformed scholar Simon J. Kistemaker. Writing with his characteristic warmth, Kistemaker crafts texts that are useful and accessible, yet rich with scholarly insights. Balancing the rigorous and the readable, these works are valuable tools for equipping pastors and laypeople alike.

In these volumes, Kistemaker studies the miracles, parables, and conversations of Jesus, offering an in-depth look at the ministry of Jesus and its implications for life today. He also provides a helpful survey of mid- to late-twentieth-century scholarship on the Gospels, as well as a compact guide to Calvin and Calvinism. Also included in this collection is Interpreting God’s Word Today, edited by Kistemaker, where he compiles the insights of a number of top scholars on the challenging task of approaching and interpreting Scripture.

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Check out Simon Kistemaker’s contributions to the Baker New Testament Commentary series.

Key Features

  • Compiles six of Simon J. Kistemaker’s finest works
  • Includes a valuable history of Calvinism, with discussion of its principles and perspectives
  • Offers a collection of essays by top scholars on interpreting Scripture
  • Examines both the miracles and parables of Jesus
  • Explores Jesus’ encounters with everyday people

Product Details

Individual Titles

Interpreting God’s Word Today

  • Editor: Simon J. Kistemaker
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1970
  • Pages: 301

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This volume, edited by Simon J. Kistemaker, compiles the voices of seven scholars—including Kistemaker—speaking on the challenging subject of interpreting Scripture in a contemporary context. Kistemaker calls this work a symposium which aims to “give guidance and direction in the reading, understanding, and interpretation of the living Word of God.” These writers “consistently opposed the concept of discontinuity—to break with the past. They view current interpretations in the light of explanations formerly held in order to achieve a continuity which is relevant today.” Scholars include George Van Groningen, Marten H. Woudstra, James C. DeYoung, Marinus J. Arntzen, Louis Praamsma, and Morton H. Smith. They discuss topics such as the formation and interpretation of Genesis and of the Gospels, the inspiration and trustworthiness of Scripture, interpretation and the defense of the faith, and authority and interpretation of confessional standards.

The Gospels in Current Study

  • Author: Simon J. Kistemaker
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1980
  • Pages: 181

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Originally published in 1972 and updated in 1980, The Gospels in Current Study provides a valuable survey of studies on the Gospels going on in the mid- to late-twentieth century. Writing a work that is both scholarly and popular, Kistemaker seeks to provide a helpful summary of Gospel studies, acknowledging that while we would like to keep up on studies, we simply don’t have time to do so. In the preface, Kistemaker notes, “It has not been my aim to present an exhaustive and complete compendium; rather this book intends to be a readable and informative survey of recent Gospel studies. . . . this survey gives the reader a nodding acquaintance with and an ability to speak intelligently about these studies.”

An excellent account of modern critical study. . . . Kistemaker’s answer to the claims of radical criticism are usually quite brief, but often incisive.

Donald Hagner, Christianity Today

A fresh and informative survey of twentieth-century critical scholarship.

—Robert V. Unmack, Central Seminary Review

This volume is . . . succinct and shows the touch of a scholar.

Willard H. Taylor, Nazarene Theological Seminary Tower

The Parables: Understanding the Stories Jesus Told

  • Author: Simon J. Kistemaker
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 272
  • Pages: 2002

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The Parables is a clearly written introduction to the parables of Jesus. After introducing the various forms of parables found in the Synoptic Gospels and the principles of interpretation, Simon Kistemaker examines the parables individually, including the entire text of each parable, followed by his commentary. Kistemaker gives careful attention to the historical and cultural setting of each story, offering practical insight into Jesus’ words and their implications for the Christian life.

The Miracles: Exploring the Mystery of Jesus’ Divine Works

  • Author: Simon J. Kistemaker
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 256

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Most Christians know the stories of Jesus healing people, calming storms, and turning water into wine, but many are less sure why Jesus did these things or how they relate to their lives today. In The Miracles, Simon J. Kistemaker carefully examines each of Jesus’ miracles. He lays out the cultural background, explains symbolism and Old Testament connections, and fleshes out the details of each story. Each chapter also includes a section focused on how the miracle relates to the life of the modern follower of Jesus. Kistemaker’s scholarly attention to detail coupled with accessible explanations and application will make this book valuable to everyone from lay readers to pastors looking for sermon material.

I love the clear, simple, yet profoundly insightful way Simon Kistemaker explores the miracles of Jesus. This is a rich and rewarding study of all the major signs and wonders recorded in the Gospels. These events illuminate our understanding of the earthly life and work of the Savior—and reveal his true glory—in a unique and powerful way.

John MacArthur, president, Grace to You

What a wonderful book! I’ve been reading The Miracles devotionally and it has fed my soul and my mind. If you’ve never studied the miracles of Jesus, been overwhelmed by their power, and rejoiced in what Jesus does for his own, this is the place to start. Read it! You’ll be so glad you did.

—Steve Brown, professor, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

The Conversations of Jesus: Learning from His Encounters

  • Author: Simon J. Kistemaker
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 240

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In The Conversations of Jesus, Simon Kistemaker offers a glimpse into the lives of those who were touched by encounters with Jesus Christ. Focusing on the encounters Jesus had with people during his ministry, he demonstrates how those who seek Christ now differ little from those whose stories we learn about in the Gospels: Peter, Nicodemus, Mary, the Samaritan leper, even Judas. Through his discussion in this text, Kistemaker helps readers find much in common with these first-century people, including their feelings of inadequacy, confusion, and joy at meeting the Savior. Ideal for both laypeople and pastors, Kistemaker’s insights help readers strengthen their walk with Christ as they learn about others who have walked this path before.

This is a concise, informative, and down-to-earth account of the people in the New Testament whose lives were touched by Jesus. For the general reader it opens new vistas in understanding the way people related to Jesus and how this relates to our situation today. Enriching.

—Richard V. Pierard, scholar in residence, Gordon College

Professor Kistemaker has done an excellent job in portraying a gentler side of Jesus in his dealings with people, and has done so with vivid language that makes each of the 46 episodes both captivating and educational.

Robert L. Thomas, professor of New Testament, The Master’s Seminary

The genius of this book is the conception itself—a survey and analysis of all the important conversations of Jesus recorded in the four Gospels. The result is an ever-expanding picture of Jesus and the people with whom he interacted. At the same time, as you keep reading this survey it will gradually dawn on you that the conversations of Jesus are a microcosm of the Gospels and their message.

Leland Ryken, Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English, Wheaton College

Discerning readers will find in Kistemaker’s thoughtful book not only useful background information to illuminate Jesus’ conversations with 45 individuals or groups but also helpful application for our lives today.

Ronald Youngblood, professor of Old Testament, International College and Graduate School

Calvinism: Its History, Principles and Perspectives

  • Author: Simon J. Kistemaker
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1966
  • Pages: 104

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In this compact volume, Simon Kistemaker gives a scholarly yet highly accessible introduction and overview of Calvin’s life and thought, stating that “Calvinsim has a message from the past for the present and the future because it is a dynamic movement which recognizes God’s Word in every domain of life. . . . the message of Calvinism must be interpreted in every age again.” Kistemaker offers “a concise history of Calvin and Calvinism” in the first portion, and presents “its principles and perspectives” in the second part. This text makes a great introduction to Calvinsim for students, or a handy manual for anyone looking for a concise, yet thorough look at this important historical and theological figure.

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About Simon J. Kistemaker

Simon J. Kistemaker is professor emeritus of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Born in the Netherlands, he studied at Calvin College, and Calvin Theological Seminary before earning his ThD at the Free University in Amsterdam. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society in 1976, and has written a number of books, including several volumes in the Baker New Testament Commentary series, begun by William Hendriksen. Kistemaker won the Gold Medallion Evangelical Book of the Year Award for four of his volumes in this series.


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