Covenant History (Volume 3)
by Homer C. Hoeksema
From Jacob to the Exodus
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An exposition of the Old Testament from a covenantal
perspective. This is in an ongoing exposition: the first four volumes
(covering Creation to the Conquest of Canaan) were authored by Prof. Homer
C. Hoeksema. Volume 5 is authored by Prof.
David J. Engelsma, who plans to writes volumes 6 and 7 as well.
Volume 3 of the Unfolding Covenant History
series is divided into three parts: the history of Jacob, the history of
Joseph, and the history of the bondage and exodus of Israel from Egypt.
Jacob is a very strong character in the history of God's covenant. His
sins and shortcomings, as well as his penchant for running ahead of the
Lord, are graphically described by the author. Yet the great strength of
his faith in the covenant promise of God is the overriding theme. The
history of this father of the tribes of Israel makes for interesting
The history of Joseph is perhaps even more intriguing. The story of his
life, from his being sold into slavery to his ascension to a position as
ruler of Egypt, is almost stranger than fiction. The author explains
how—through the awesome power of God's sovereign providence by means of
Joseph—the line of the covenant was preserved, and the fledgling nation of
Israel came to live in Egypt.
The section on the bondage and exodus details the increasingly oppressive
bondage of God's people. It describes the ten plagues visited by God upon
Egypt, culminating in God's powerful deliverance of his people from the
land of bondage, which is typical of our deliverance from the dominion of
"These very readable volumes are a veritable treasure store
into which, when the believer dips, he will surely increase
his spiritual wealth" (The Outlook).