Whole Counsel Theology

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Covenant Theology from Adam to Christ

     I have spent a lot of time over the past week reading through this book, and it has been time well spent. My understanding of Baptist Covenant Theology has moved from infant stages into adolescence you might say, and I understand much more the issues of types and the church (whether the True Church [often referred to as the Israel of God in the book] or the "Jewish Church") in the Old Testament.

     It isn't the easiest read[1], as it contains two works from the mid 17th century. One is a book on the Covenants by Nehemiah Coxe, one of the contributors to the 1689 LBCF. The other is John Owen's exegesis of Hebrews 8:6-13, and if you didn't know better, you'd think John Owen was a Baptist given how he [accurately] handled the text![2]

     For those interesting in learning the basis of Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology, this book is an indispensible resource, and is very helpful for those of us Reformed Baptists who were looking for a good study of the Covenants to deepen our understanding of them. Highly recommended.


1. The editors did a very good job transcribing the works contained in this book into modern English with modern spelling and grammar, and provided many helpful footnotes explaining what would otherwise be difficult to understand words. At the same time, following the trains of thought takes patience and work, though the reader will eventually get used to it.

2. I'm well aware that John Owen was not a Baptist, but given his exegesis of the passage, one would wonder why he was not.



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