The Progress of Redemption: The Story of Salvation from Creation to the New Jerusalem

Baker, 1988
ISBN: 0801020816


With a christological focus, author Willem A. Vangemeren traces the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan through 12 epochs, stressing analysis, synthesis, and application in his study of each period. His distinctive trifocal synthesis relates each biblical text to its surrounding literary, canonical, and redemptive-historical context. Striking an intelligent balance on the continuity-discontinuity spectrum, VanGemeren’s survey is praised by covenant and dispensational theologians alike.

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Key Features

  • Focuses on God’s redemptive plan throughout 12 epochs
  • Highlights historical and literary contributions to Bible text
  • Dissects biblical historical periods while stressing analysis, synthesis, and application


  • Creation in Harmony
  • Creation in Alienation
  • Election and Promise
  • A Holy Nation
  • A Nation Like the Other Nations
  • A Royal Nation
  • A Divided Nation
  • A Restored Nation
  • Jesus and the Kingdom
  • The Apostolic Era
  • The Kingdom and the Church
  • The New Jerusalem

Praise for the Print Edition

[Vangemeren’s] work on literary structures is especially engaging . . . particularly of value is his sensitivity towards literary form and its importance in determining theological meaning.

Westminster Theological Journal

This book is highly commended to all who love truth.

Eugene Merrill, distinguished professor of Old Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

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About Willem A. Vangemeren

Willem Vangemeren is professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of a number of books, including Interpreting the Prophetic Word and a commentary on Psalms in the The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series.


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