Books

1929 - De Profetieën van Haggaï (The Prophecies of Haggai)

Date and Language: 1929 - Dutch

Author: Dr. Johannes Hermanus Gunning J.H.zn

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 Latin.

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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