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Covenant Theology: A Reformed Baptist Primer

On 08, Dec 2011 | In Books, Resources | By admin

This is a good book, but it is not recommended as the best primer for understanding 1689 Federalism.
Please see the Recommended Reading List.

1689 Federalism Note: Van Dorn adopts the 1689 Federalism model in that he rejects the “one covenant under multiple administrations” model and also views the Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic covenants as works-based. He cites Coxe, Collins, Denault, and Sam and Micah Renihan, among others. But the work is very much his own expression of the biblical data.

He makes a provocative and compelling argument for adding a Levitical Covenant to the traditional understanding of covenant theology.

His belief that “two different people can actually approach the same covenant in two different ways and theoretically both could obtain the blessing” is his own and not necessarily reflective of other 1689 Federalism works. Likewise his comment that false professors are related externally to the new covenant similarly to “unbelieving Israel in the OT” is not reflective of 1689 Federalism. The book is a primer and paints with broad biblical-theology strokes, so the reader would do well to compare the primer with the more comprehensive exegesis offered in the other books here. But the book is a welcome addition and a helpful, brief overview of the bible as a whole, offered with fresh expression and perspective.