Kingdom Through Covenant

February 21, 2012 — 1 Comment

On June 30th Crossway will be publishing the book Kingdom Through Covenant by Peter Gentry and Steven Wellum. I had both of these professors in Seminary, and Gentry’s analysis of the covenants were helpful handles for understanding the vastness of the OT. Wellum is one of the clearest, most nuanced systematic theologians out there. Here is the description of the book.

Many theological discussions come to an impasse when parties align behind either covenant theology or dispensationalism. But Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum now propose a significant biblical theology of the covenants that avoids the extremes of both classical systems and holds the potential to break the theological impasse. Kingdom through Covenant is not a system-driven work, but a careful exposition of the covenants as key to the narrative plot structure of the whole Bible.

Kingdom through Covenant emphasizes the importance of the covenant concept throughout Scripture, showing that crucial theological differences can be resolved by understanding how the biblical covenants unfold and relate to one another. Rather than looking at covenant as the center of biblical theology, the authors show how the covenants form the backbone of Scripture and the key to understanding its overarching story. They ultimately show that the covenant concept forms a solid platform for systematic theology.

By incorporating the latest available research from the ancient Near East and examining implications of their work for Christology, ecclesiology, eschatology, and hermeneutics—Gentry and Wellum present a thoughtful and viable alternative to both covenant theology and dispensationalism.

 

Patrick Schreiner

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I teach New Testament at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. I am married with three children. This blog, against all wisdom, includes anything I am interested in. That includes movies, music, theology, culture, hermeneutics, the Gospels, and politics. Feel free to comment and let me know you are reading or that you have found something helpful. I reserve the right to delete unhelpful or rude comments. Many of these posts are simply things I find interesting and therefore I am not asserting I agree with everything I link to.

One response to Kingdom Through Covenant

  1. Digging the cover art… looks like the unfinished Tower of Babel languishing on the plain. Wonder if they picked it out to illustrate a point or if the publisher found it on iStockPhoto under “Bible”. : P

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