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The Elder: Today's Ministry Rooted in All of Scripture (Van Dam)

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To rediscover God’s gift of eldership for the church today, we need to go back beyond the New Testament to the origins of the office of elder in ancient Israel. There we discover the enduring principles that guided the elder in antiquity—and that guide the church today. In this book you will develop a renewed understanding of the office of elder and of godly discipline.

The Explorations in Biblical Theology series addresses the need for quality literature that attracts believing readers to good theology and builds them up in their faith. Each title in the series combines solid content with accessibility and readability—a valuable addition to the library of any college student, thoughtful lay reader, seminarian, or pastor.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Introduction

1. An Overview of the Office

2. The Shepherd and His Flock

3. A Bearded Head

Part 2: Old Testament Origins

4. Elders as Leaders in the Old Testament

5. Elders as Judges in the Old Testament

Part 3: Continuity and Transformation

6. The Christian Congregation Inherits the Office

7. Elders and the Keys of the Kingdom

Part 4: Elders as Preservers and Nurturers of Life in the Covenant Community

8. Ruling and Having Authority

9. Disciplining for Life

Part 5: Maintaining and Building on the Heritage

10. Two Current Issues: Female Elders and Elders for Life

11. The Privilege of the Eldership 



Cornelis Van Dam is professor of Old Testament at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary (Hamilton, Ontario) and holds degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University (BA); Theological College of the Canadian Reformed Churches (BD); Knox College, University of Toronto (ThM) and Theological University of Kampen, The Netherlands (ThD).



"Rooted in the deep soil of Reformed faith and practice, The Elder is a treasure at a time when much gets lost in translation from theory to practice. I heartily recommend this book for current elders, elders-in-training, aspiring elders, and those who seek to be blessed by their labors." — Michael S. Horton

"Cornelis Van Dam provides a full and intelligent discussion of the biblical texts that inform our understanding of the office of the elder in the church today. This book is a must for those who are elders or who think they might be called to that office." — Tremper Longman III