Thursday 26 July 2012

Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum on Covenant

I’ve had this book on pre-order since it was announced, and am really looking forward to seeing it. Crossway have now made available (here) a pdf excerpt of the first two chapters.
When it comes to negotiating the relationship between biblical theology and systematic theology, Michael Horton, Kevin Vanhoozer and others have convinced me of the significance of using Scripture’s own categories for doing so – ‘covenant’ being an obvious example. I am hoping that this book will provide an extended treatment along these sorts of lines.
The opening few sentences state the relatively modest hopes for the book:
‘The purpose of this book is to demonstrate two claims. First, we want to show how central the concept of “covenant” is to the narrative plot structure of the Bible, and secondly, how a number of crucial theological differences within Christian theology, and the resolution of those differences, are directly tied to one’s understanding of how the biblical covenants unfold and relate to each other.’
Back in May, Credo Magazine had a two-part interview with the authors, here and here.

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