About the Author
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).
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 the 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.
"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