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By Herman N. Ridderbos / P&R / 1962
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This volume is a monumental study of the preaching of Jesus according to the synoptics. It is a treasure house of informative and stimulating exegesis, treating large segments of the synoptic texts. Herman Ridderbos presents a study of the kingdom that is thorough as well as comprehensive, taking into account a broad range of critical scholarship. The Coming of the Kingdom offers readers a better understanding of the kingdom’s nature as well as a helpful discussion of the parables and of the apocalyptic discourse of Mark 13.
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When Ridderbos concludes that the kingdom of God involves both a present and a future aspect, nothing especially startling is disclosed. But the author’s treatment of this subject wins unqualified admiration when one takes account of the manner in which, in the context of a thorough and minute examination of the arguments of the representatives of “consistent eschatology” and “realized eschatology,” he surveys the pertinent data and evaluates the issues with exceptional exegetical ability. No one has approached him in the comprehensiveness of the treatment of this matter. And the discussion in this connection of such subjects as the kingdom in relation to Satan’s defeat and present working, the miracles as present power and as signs of the future, the parables, and the integrations of Jesus’ ministry with the coming of the kingdom is highly rewarding.
—Ned B. Stonehouse, late professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary
Herman Ridderbos (1909–2007) was professor emeritus of New Testament at the Theological School of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands at Kampen, where he served for over 40 years. The author of many scholarly publications, Ridderbos was the editor of the Reformed Weekly (Kampen), one of the Netherlands’ leading ecclesiastical periodicals. He became well-known in America through his volume on Galatians in the New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament.