Date and Language: 1929 - Dutch
Author: Dr. Johannes Hermanus Gunning
At the time of Gunnings birth on January 23, 1858 his
father was a minister in Hilversum. In 1861 he was transferred
to the Dutch Reformed Church in Gravenhage (The Hague). John
grew up here and went to school. He was a very gifted student
and had a propensity for learning other languages. Later,
he studied theology in Utrecht with the intention of becoming
a minister like his father. On November 11, 1881, he married
Tobina Adriana Pijnacker Hordijk. A month later he was appointed
pastor in Wilhelminadorp, in the province of Zeeland. This
was followed by a series of churches in which he served: Bennebroek,
Gouda, Leiden, Utrecht, and finally at the age of 58 years
he returned to Zeeland, in the village Serooskerke.
He was a socially conscious man and wanted church members
to be more involved in worship, which ideas was contrary to
the opinion of his contemporaries in the ministry. In Leiden,
he founded a community center called Pniël and started
a magazine with the same name. He took diligent care of it
for 49 years. In Serooskerke he was asked to use a new means
of communication, namely the radio. By this media he was able
to reach many sick and lonely people. At age 66 he resigned
his office as pastor, but his fiery spirit and zest for work
stayed active. He gave more speeches on the radio and wrote
numerous books and even poetry. Many of his books were related
to the Bible. He also wrote a voluminous biography (6 parts)
on his father Prof. Dr. J.H. Gunning.
Gunning traveled a lot and always tried to speak the
language of the country where he was a guest. He spoke fluent
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Icelandic and Swedish.
And besides that, he could read the Bible in both Greek and
He died on June 20, 1940, 82 years old, in his hometown,
after a fruitful and blessed life.
Translation: Quote from the book: "We
want together read the prophecy of Haggai, one of the so-called"
minor prophets, because their writings, in contrast with that
of our previous cannon" great prophets, are small and
low in size. But they are certainly not small in significance".
Gunning explained the significance of Haggai's words and told
in which time period the events described took place.
God's name, written as Jehovah, appears 12 times in the
book. It is not in written in the Bible text, but in Gunning’s
notes to the texts.
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