Covenant Theology: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspectives
"Covenant theology sets the gospel in the context of God's eternal plan of communion with his people and its historical outworking in the covenants of works and grace." - Ligon Duncan Just as two bookends hold together a row...
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"Covenant theology sets the gospel in the context of God's eternal plan of communion with his people and its historical outworking in the covenants of works and grace." - Ligon Duncan
Just as two bookends hold together a row of books, the covenant of works and the covenant of grace hold together the storyline of Scripture. Join a host of twenty-six scholars, including O. Palmer Robertson, Michael J. Kruger, and Scott R. Swain, as they explore how the concept of covenant is clearly taught in Scripture and how it lays the foundation for other doctrines of salvation. This monumental work is Trinitarian, eschatological, historical, confessional, and practical, presenting readers with a great hope and consolation: the covenant-making God is a covenant-keeping God.
Table of Contents:
Foreword (J. Ligon Duncan III)
Introduction (Guy Prentiss Waters, J. Nicholas Reid, and John R. Muether)
Part 1: Biblical Covenants
1. The Covenant of Redemption (Guy M. Richard)
2. The Covenant of Works in the Old Testament (Richard P. Belcher Jr.)
3. The Covenant of Works in the New Testament (Guy Prentiss Waters)
4. Adam and the Beginning of the Covenant of Grace (John D. Currid)
5. The Noahic Covenant of the Covenant of Grace (Miles V. Van Pelt)
6. The Abrahamic Covenant (John Scott Redd)
7. The Mosaic Covenant (J. Nicholas Reid)
8. The Davidic Covenant (Richard P. Belcher Jr.)
9. The New Covenant as Promised in the Major Prophets (Michael G. McKelvey)
10. Covenant in the Gospels (Michael J. Kruger)
11. Covenant in Paul (Guy Prentiss Waters)
12. Covenant in Hebrews (Robert J. Cara)
13. Covenant in the Johannine Epistles and Revelation (Gregory R. Lanier)
Part 2: Historical Theology
14. Covenant in the Early Church (J. Ligon Duncan III)
15. Covenant in Medieval Theology (Douglas F. Kelly)
16. Covenant in Reformation Theology (Howard Griffith)
17. Post-Reformation Developments (D. Blair Smith)
18. Covenant Theology in the Dutch Reformed Tradition (Bruce P. Baugus)
19. Covenant Theology in Barth and the Torrances (Mark I. McDowell)
20. Covenant in Recent Theology (Michael Allen)
Part 3: Collateral and Theological Studies
21. Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds to Covenants (J. Nicholas Reid)
22. Covenant and Second Temple Judaism (Peter Y. Lee)
23. Covenant in Contemporary New Testament Scholarship (Benjamin L. Gladd)
24. Israel and the Nations in God's Covenants (O. Palmer Robertson)
25. Dispensationalism (Michael J. Glodo)
26. New Covenant Theologies (Scott R. Swain)
27. Covenant, Assurance, and the Sacraments (Derek W. H. Thomas)
Afterword: Why Covenant Theology? (Kevin DeYoung)
An Annotated Bibliography of Reformed Reflection on the Covenant (John R. Muether)
A Comprehensive Exploration of the Biblical Covenants
This book forms an overview of the biblical teaching on covenant as well as the practical significance of covenant for the Christian life. A host of 26 scholars shows how covenant is not only clearly taught from Scripture, but also that it lays the foundation for other key doctrines of salvation. The contributors, who engage variously in biblical, systematic, and historical theology, present covenant theology not as a theological abstract imposed on the Bible but as a doctrine that is organically presented throughout the biblical narrative. As students, pastors, and church leaders come to see the centrality of covenant to the Christian faith, the more the church will be strengthened with faith in the covenant-keeping God and encouraged in their understanding of the joy of covenant life.
Dr. Guy Waters (Ph.D., Duke University) is Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, FL with a particular interest in the letters and theology of Paul, the use of Scripture in the New Testament, and the Synoptic Gospels. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in America.
His publications include Justification and the New Perspectives on Paul (P&R, 2004); The Federal Vision and Covenant Theology: A Comparative Analysis (P&R, 2006); By Faith Alone (Crossway, 2007);Reforming or Conforming?: Post-Conservative Evangelicals and the Emerging Church (Crossway, 2008) and The End of Deuteronomy in the Epistles of Paul (Mohr Siebeck, 2006).
John R. Muether (MAR, MSLS) has served since 1989 as Library Director of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, where he also holds appointment as Associate Professor of Church History. Previously he served on the Harvard Divinity School library staff and has directed the libraries at Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Mich.) and Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. He is the coauthor of several books including Reference Works for Theological Research (1992), Fighting the Good Fight: A Brief History of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (1995), With Reverence and Awe: Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship (2001), and Seeking a Better Country: 300 Years of American Presbyterianism (2007). Most recently he has authored The First Forty Years: Reformed Theological Seminary and Cornelius Van Til: Reformed Apologist and Churchman (2007).