An Exhaustive Exegetical Extravaganza

10 August 2021 by Wes Bredenhof

My review of Dr. C. Van Dam’s latest book. Good stuff!

In the Beginning: Listening to Genesis 1 and 2, Cornelis Van Dam. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2021. Hardcover, 371 pages.

Dr. C. Van Dam begins his latest book by explicitly laying out his presuppositions. He’s upfront about his non-negotiable assumptions and biases. As I review his book, it’s appropriate that I share mine too. I share his presuppositions about Scripture as the trustworthy Word of God, but I also bring a personal bias to the table. Back in the day, Van Dam was my Old Testament professor at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary. I had an affectionate nickname for him in view of his ability to put the smack-down on unbelieving or shoddy scholarship: “Wham-Bam-Van-Dam.” This was always said with the greatest admiration for Dr. Van Dam. As a seminary professor he was nothing if not thorough and careful.

This new book exhibits that same kind of comprehensive…

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