This book also captures the state of the debate today and is worthy of reading and interacting with no matter what your theological mindset. Looks like a good resource, worthy of a careful reading. This understanding (seeing the continuity and discontinuity) provides the basis for rejecting padeobaptism. They say: In this final vision, as the curtains close, we now see what the eschatological goal of God’s creation was in the first place. The main reason I feel the need to mark it down is because of Part 2. First, it’s clear that part of the major difference between this new covenant theology and classical covenant theology is the understanding of the Abrahamic covenant and the covenant of grace. The theological summaries of competing systems were well done and helpful. Visually, this book is top notch. When God says that he confirming or upholding his covenant with Noah, he is saying that his commitment to his creation, the care of the creator to preserve, provide for, and rule over all that he has made, including the blessings and ordinances that he initiated through and with Adam and Eve and their family, are now to be with Noah and his descendants. For that reason I remain skeptical of their conclusion that the Noahic covenant suggests a pre-existing, definite covenant with man in Eden or a covenant with creation etc. There is, as Paul points out, significant debate about the period, and it is relatively new. The major argument I’ve encountered is the lack of the word covenant within the first three chapters of Genesis. I really don't want to get into a skirmish here. “The victory of that Kingdom … will be procured not by force or spectacular power, but by the sacrificial labor of God’s servant” (p. 149). For in the new covenant, they argue, Jeremiah 31 says that all those who are under the new covenant have experienced the work of the Spirit in their heart. If the NT is the priority in interpretation, some key texts were starved for attention and locked in a closet. PETER J. GENTRY & STEPHEN J. WELLUM Should we presume that all of church history was somehow left out of something so key? I do not mean that personally. “God is forbearing, gracious, and longsuffering, but he is also a God of holiness, wrath, and judgement.57 The wrath of God, unlike the love or holiness of God, should not be thought of as an intrinsic perfection of God; rather it is a function or expression of God’s holiness against sin. The NT claims necessary priority in the interpretation of Scripture. The last 0.5 I give to the introduction which gives a lengthy overview of Covenant views. Much of the analysis of OT texts was enlightening, although several discussions delved into detailed rebuttals of opposing viewpoints that were neither helpful nor stimulating. Because I've been reading a lot of early Christian history lately, I thought it might be interesting to step back and read about something a bit broader in scope--namely, something about the covenants in the Bible stretching back into the Old Testament. Apparently there is a shorter/condensed version out there for those interested in the basic argument but not willing to invest the time in an 850-page tome. Sabbath, warning passages, circumcision, land, In discussing this method, they spend a significant amount of space defending biblical typology by distinguishing it from allegory. Your reasons for leaving DT are taken, even if I personally disagree. The Bible as a whole treats the OT on equal par with the NT. It is a fantastic book that seeks to bring clarity to the dispensational / covenant theology debate. I read primarily sections 1 and 3 of the book, and found it very thought-provoking. Those terms I used were lifted from former CT but now NCT who made those very claims. Gentry & Wellum argue convincingly from the text that the major components of a covenant are present. In other words if you assert that inspiration was needed to do what the NT authors did, then it is not something that is found in the OT words/text, and it is not something we can replicate. Gentry gives a fresh perspective and an enticing challenge to adherents to both dispensational and classic covenantal hermeneutics of scripture. This must be part and parcel of both our speech and our actions in the covenant community. You cannot ask for much from any book. But that's getting a bit astray. They say: As we think through the biblical covenants, since God has not disclosed himself in one exhaustive act but progressively, we must carefully think through every biblical covenant first in its own redemptive-historical context, then ask what has preceded that covenant, and then relate that particular covenant to that which comes after it and how it relates to the inauguration of the new covenant in our Lord Jesus Christ. This fundamental point of the vision has unfortunately escaped the attention of proponents of both dispensational and nondispensational treatments in the last hundred years. Some of the Hebrew was above my pay grade but I never felt lost and easily followed the train of thought. Actually, I noted how Moo (a NCT not a DT), Bock (PD), and Vlach (DT) all note how weak the NT effort was. (p. 716). I meant to include that neither testament should be given priority. We can arrive at a loosely held, tentative interpretation, but must be willing to adjust it in light of the NT, whenever NT authors deal with an OT text. But none of that is unique to covenant theology. Peter Gentry & Stephen Wellum are seeking a middle way between covenant theology and dispensational theology. 2. These two testaments go together; there is no correction or alteration of literal promises (which were understood to be literal by their original audience). What Dispensationalists do to the land promise, Covenantalists do to the geneological principle (entering the covenant through circumcision). 1,500? Be the first to ask a question about Kingdom through Covenant. Again, what of the sufficiency and clarity of Scripture? Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012. At least for me. ***** Rarely does a DT ever claim that a nonDT understands their position. I've no idea what heremeutical means. Dr. Gentry uses so many block quotes, many of them are more than a page in length. First, a challenge I have faced when discussing covenant theology with skeptics is the starting point—the covenant of works/creation. If a commitment to a prima facie interpretation of the OT is suspect, how come it is okay for the major doctrines (please see my posts on the Rules of Affinity at SI), and the prophecies of Christ (Christ pointed to them remember). 4:24; Eph. In line with many, the authors of this book devalue the OT by making much of it typological based on their understanding of the NT (they read the NT back into the OT). I'll post a fuller review later. They both understand the covenants of the Old Testament as either conditional or unconditional. Why do you think we can't interpret the OT properly but we can interpret the NT properly? (p. 33). We’d love your help. I enjoyed reading Kingdom through Covenant immensely. What other conclusion can we draw from progressive revelation? There is no such person than who is so concerned with this new covenant ethic that is also not fulfilling his duty to his covenant community. Both want to say that the Abrahamic covenant is completely fulfilled in Christ except for these respective aspects. They were not afraid to draw out exegetical possibilities that didn’t strengthen their own position. If by stand you mean he could maintain what he had, then yes, so do I. Gentry and Wellum convincingly prove that the covenants form the "backbone of the metanarrative of Scripture." Loved the book. Kingdom Through Covenant by Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum, is in many ways the book that I have been waiting for. I mentioned earlier that in the midst of all the technical discussion they had a way of making the discussion approaching and this is exemplified best in the discussion of Daniel. The NT claims necessary priority in the interpretation of Scripture. “Kingdom through Covenant has helped me better understand the Bible as a continuous narrative. The same is true for CTers claiming that also. Because I've been reading a lot of early Christian history lately, I thought it might be interesting to step back and read about something a bit broader in scope--namely, something about the covenants in the Bible stretching back into the Old Testament. Both are inconsistent, argues Gentry, in their views of the relationship between the Abrahamic and the New Covenant. When we observe that NT writers did not honor our rule. If I could give decimal-stars, this would be a 2.5. 8:7-13), which are part of the progressive revelation of the one plan of God that is fulfilled in the new covenant. Yes, I have read the book. Great review, Mathew. Why can we not simply read the OT and believe what it says? This group looks down their nose at any talk of genre, when genre is how we do literal / literary interpretation - and genre comes from a detailed study of grammar and history! Foundationally, they argue that “it is through the biblical covenants that God’s kingdom comes to this word centered in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ” (p. 591). 133, 170). http://www.telosministries.com/forty-reasons-for-not-reinterpreting-the-old-testament-according-to-the-new/. But the future antitype will surely come, not only because God completely knows that it will, according to his eternal plan, but also because God sovereignly and providentially will guarantee that the prophetic fulfillment of the original type will occur in Christ. Paul claims the authors of this book do not understand DT. Finally, a word on the book’s accessibility. Will come back to it at a later time! Book Review: Kingdom Through Covenant . What they have provided is a magisterial biblical theology that reformed Baptists can grab on to and call their own. I agree wholeheartedly with this observation. This book shows how “covenants” are central and foundational to the Bible’s plot and theology. 1 Kings 8:60 - so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other. Peter J. Gentry (PhD, University of Toronto) is professor of Old Testament interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and director of the Hexapla Institute. We cannot claim that our hermaneutic is either inspired or infallible. Someday, this year will end! Both writers assume that covenant fulfillment happened largely at the first advent. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To your quote though, is it possible you mean that the NT uses certain texts differently than what some DTers say? Within the wider development of their kingdom through covenant, their argument for particular redemption is nearly an impenetrable fort. Christ is the goal and fulfillment of every covenant. And that, only if we interpret the NT accurately. The study of the covenants provides a framework for understanding and applying the message of the Bible to life in the new covenant community. 's favored hermeneutics above suspicion while DT's 'contend that the NT cannot correct their interpretation?' They also look at the linguistic data behind cutting a covenant and upholding a covenant. I think Kingdom Through Covenant, much like Blaising and Bock's Progressive Dispensationalism, will be a theological game-changer. The last 0.5 I give to the introduction which gives a lengthy overview of Covenant views. Next, although I do not advocate G-H hermeneutics as applied to the Bible, but come at it through Scripture itself, yet as John Sailhamer and others have pointed out, the G-H method is really grammatical interpretation. They again place the unique work of redemption by Christ in the framework of the new covenant. Speaking the truth in love is paramount for this. Isn't that, essentially, the great mistake the Pharisees of Christ's day made? I found this discussion particularly compelling because today it’s fashionable to contrast Christian piety (good old fashioned holiness if you’d like) with missional living. Simply refuse to allow the NT to adherents to both dispensational and nondispensational treatments in the words is. And hermeneutical underpinnings addressed many problems with this approach in this article: http //www.telosministries.com/forty-reasons-for-not-reinterpreting-the-old-testament-according-to-the-new/. 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