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5.0 out of 5 stars If a theological student then read, 26 July 2013
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I give it 5 stars because the writer is an example of Christian graciousness and true wrestling with the texts, offering a very thorough treatment of the various covenants. Of particular note I found was the rather inspiring treatment of Eden as a temple sanctuary and the stress laid upon Adam as image of God because Priest-king; it would have been nice if he'd developed a doctrine of actual equality of Man/Woman from this to show that the 'battle of the sexes' is itself a consequence of sin and separation from God. Furthermore I'm at a loss personally to discover in what real ways, aside from the rejection of infant baptism he demonstrates the real newness of the new covenant against traditional covenant theology thinking. I was hoping for the kind of treatment that fully accepts the parallel between Christ and Moses, that sees the first generation congregation as equivalent of Moses' congregation, who if they continue in faith/obedience would have marched straight to Canaan, so similarly Jesus' congregation those chosen out of spiritual Egypt would through continuing in faith march straight to that 'heavenly city'. His commitment to an earthly paradise precludes the possibility of his reading the New as the spiritual Eden where though faith one attains that holiness which gains access to the Tree of Life and thus eternal life with God : our heavenly calling. Sadly this wasn't his purpose, which to this reader seemed more a gentle remonstrance of Dispensationlism and its skewed reading of scripture. Nevertheless there is much here that is pastoral and able to strengthen one's faith and weaken one's knees at the awesome reality of the only covenant God. Blessed be his name.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good explication of covenant versus dispensational theology, 1 Jan 2013
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The first few chapters portrya the various nuances of dispensational theology and their scriptural bases; covenantal theology is tackled with the view of building a bridge between the two. Occasionally turgid but always thought-provoking.
It takes a similar stance to N T Wright's When God became King in regarding the telos of the coming nd poursia as the establishment of God's kingdom and deftly incorporates this as the brige between dispensational and covenanatl theology whereas Wright is promarily a covenantl view.
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Kingdom Through Covenant hb by Gentry & Wellum (Hardcover - 30 Jun 2012)
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